August 9, 2022     2:13 pm
173. Week of Fifth Sunday after Easter - Thursday
He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
          And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.   Luke 24:51
          When our Lord had told His Apostles what we heard yesterday, He lifted up His hands and blessed them. And it came to pass, while He blessed them He was parted from them, and taken up into heaven. He was taken up visibly, while they were looking on. And a cloud received Him out of their sight. This cloud, again, was the Shekinah, the cloud in which, during the Old Covenant, the Lord had revealed His presence. It was full of the multitude of heavenly hosts. "God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet."(Ps.47:5.) And while the disciples looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing. And they said: "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven shall come in the same way that you have seen Him go into heaven." - This is Christ's ascension. This is how the Son of God, our Saviour, ended His visible sojourn on earth. In blessing them, He parted from His disciples. He blesses all His disciples, all His Christians. This is the blessing which He purchased on the cross and brought with Him from the grave. Whenever you think of your Saviour, remember that He blesses you. And when He comes again in the Shekinah, He will bless you. He will then say to you and to all that are His own: "Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (Matt. 25:34.) Just make sure that you are and remain His disciple!
          PRAYER: - Omnipotent God, grant to us who believe that Your own Son, our Saviour, this day ascended into heaven, that we also may live to Him in newness of spirit and continue in the spirit, comforting ourselves with His blessing, and, when in the end He shall come again, inheriting the eternal blessing: through the same, Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:13 pm