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October 25, 2020
175. Week of Fifth Sunday after Easter - Saturday
He ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.
          He ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.   Ephesians 4:10
          Do you think that God is contained within any heaven? Certainly not. On the contrary, God Himself encompasses all heavens and all things, and God fills all things with His presence. So it is also with Jesus, our brother, our flesh and blood, our Saviour. Jesus is not encompassed by any heaven, but He encompasses all heavens and all things, and fills all things with His presence. He ascended far above all heavens, that He might fill all things. He sits at the right hand of God. So just by reason of His ascension He is right near to us. "Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world." "He is not far from every one of us; for in Him we live, and move, and have our being." This is true of Jesus also. With grace and love and tender mercy He is with us. We Christians are encompassed by Him and His compassion. He is our Rock, and our Fortress, and our Deliverer, our God, our Strength, in whom we will trust; our buckler, and the horn of our salvation, and our high tower. Being so encompassed, who can harm us? Wherever we may be, in this place or that, in life or in death: He is with us, and we are in Him. He is now much nearer to us, much more intimately so, than He was with His own at the time of His visible sojourn on earth. Therefore, when Mary Magdalene had found Him, the Risen One, and wanted to hold Him, He consoled her, saying: "I ascend to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God." As if to say: Then, then will my communion with you be most intimate, then will you truly possess and hold Me. Christian, let your eyes be anointed by the Word and Spirit of God, and see how near your Saviour is to you.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, I thank You for the assurance You give me that You are with me and with all that are Yours, and encompass us like a firm fortress which no one can storm. Let me be Your own and remain in You; then I will be secure forever. Let me always rest assured that You are with me, and that I am in You, that in You I may be confident, cheerful, bold, and of a strong heart, in life and death. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
October 25, 2020