Sunday Devotional: The Ascension of Our Lord

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John 17:1, 4-5, 11

Jesus raised His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. […] I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began. […] And now I will no longer be in the world….”

Christ with angelsActs of the Apostles 1:6-11

When they had gathered together they asked Him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When He had said this, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him from their sight.

While they were looking intently at the sky as He was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

Jesus with angelsJohn 14:18

“I will not leave you orphans”


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0 responses to “Sunday Devotional: The Ascension of Our Lord

  1. Tony Bonagura

    After being taught for 40 days by the risen Christ his followers were still expecting that the kingdom that Jesus was presenting as “at hand” was going to be a kingdom restored AGAIN to Israel. They went to their graves believing that to be true. They were “spirit filled” and as I said taught by the risen Christ at that being true. We have a false narrative rampant in Christianity today that wants people to believe that the “body of Christ” is the “kingdom” that was “at hand” and “nigh at hand.” Israel will have their kingdom, they will have all those promised covenants filled. Their Messiah met the first four FEASTS (Spring feasts) in his first coming and will meet the last three FEASTS (Fall feasts) at his second coming and there will be a 1000 reign on earth with a literal 12 tribes governed by the 12 appointed apostles.

    • traildustfotm

      Tony, through Israel, we see the Messiah. Through the law and the prophets, the scriptures of Israel, we have the setting in which the true messiah can be recognized and authenticated. As such, Israel serves as a lamp stand for the light of Christ. The fulfillment of the prophecies is evidence of His authenticity.

      Now why would God choose Abraham’s descendants to be the people through whom the Savior would come?

      I’m sure I don’t know more than a fraction of the answer, but here’s a thought. Due to the sin of Adam and Eve, the only way mankind could be restored to fellowship with God was the sacrifice of God’s Son. When Abraham obeyed God’s request to sacrifice his one and only son, Isaac, (and I too, am relieved that God provided the lamb, and spared Isaac at the last minute) he became a man who was willing to do for God, exactly what God would have to do for man, to give up that which was dearest. Perhaps that is one of the reasons for God’s special place for Abraham’s children. And through Abraham’s seed, Jesus Christ, the world has been offered salvation.

    • Tony, Jesus also taught the apostles that he was with them ALWAYS. Our Lord Jesus Christ is present in the Holy Eucharist, body, blood, soul and divinity, in every tabernacle in every Catholic Church throughout the world. As St. Athanasius said with regard to the Eucharist, “God has made Himself accessible to us.” Do not be hung up on Israel. Remember, Jesus issued a New Covenant welcoming all peoples, from every land and nation, to join Him and be with Him.

  2. traildustfotm

    Beautiful post, Dr. Eowyn! He has not left us as orphans. The Holy Spirit, who indwells all who belong to Jesus, communicates the heart of the Almighty to us, encourages us, teaches us about Jesus, empowers us to bring the Gospel to the world. We are not alone. We are part of the family of God, heirs of eternal life, partakers of the water of life.

  3. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most beautiful and meaningful post. I had the honor of being the Lector at yesterday’s Mass and was able to read to everyone present the first and second readings regarding the Ascension.

  4. The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord was actually on Thursday, May 29th.


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