August 15, 2022     8:29 am
176. Week of Sixth Sunday after Easter - Sunday
Where I am, there shall also my servant be
          Where I am, there shall also my servant be.   John 12:26
          When Jesus became man and dwelt on earth, and suffered and died, and even when He rose and ascended into heaven, His aim always was to prepare a place for us in His Father's house, in the realms of eternal bliss. May I now speak after the manner of men, and very plainly, of a heavenly and mysterious matter? When, having finished His work, Christ ascended into heaven and came to the gates of heaven, they opened wide to Him, and all the cherubim and seraphim rapturously welcomed Him. But Jesus said He did not come to desire admittance for Himself, but for us whom He had redeemed; He came as our Saviour, our Substitute, to take possession of heaven for us, and to prepare a place for us where we might be forever. I speak after the manner of men. Yes, and then the gates of heaven were not barred, then all the heavenly hosts, moved by the Holy Spirit, shouted with joy to welcome our Saviour in the name of God the Father - for us. Thus did our Atoner at His ascension take possession of heaven for us, and prepare a place there for us; and now in great loving-kindness He says: "Where I am, there shall also my servant be." Whoever does not reject Him, the Atoner and Opener of heaven, but embraces Him in true faith, and serves Him, and is His disciple and servant, for him heaven is opened, for him the place is prepared where in everlasting bliss he will be with the Saviour. The cherub has lowered his flaming sword which turns every way, the cherub no longer stands forbiddingly at the gate of Paradise.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour, by Your substitutional suffering and death You have fully and completely reconciled me, a lost and condemned sinner, to God, have opened the gates of heaven for me, and prepared a place for me where I may abide in all eternity. For this I thank You as heartily as ever I can. Grant me, I beseech You, Your Holy Spirit, that with the eyes of faith I may firmly and steadfastly gaze upon You, and trust in what You have merited for me. And then let me cling to You gratefully, and serve You, until in heaven I shall thank and serve You better. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     8:29 am