Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
After putting his departure into the context of the broad story of salvation history, and commissioning his disciples to go out and tell all the nations the good news of God’s grace, Christ Jesus ascended into heaven and left them. Similarly, the Lord teaches us the history of our salvation story, and tells us to tell the good news –and then leaves us. What the disciples did next teaches me the fundamental step in following Christ as disciple and evangelist. The disciples didn’t mope around grieving their losses; neither did they jump onto the closest horse and race into their mission field. After leaving the mountain, the disciples followed Christ’s counsel to ‘wait to be clothed in the power from on high’, that is, to be clothed with the peace, joy, love, patience, faithfulness, self-control and perseverance of the Holy Spirit of God, by returning together to ‘Jerusalem’ with great joy spending time praying and blessing God in the temple. When I sense the ascension or distancing of Christ in my life, will I mope in self-reflective grief, jump into hyperactivity - or wait to be clothed with the vestments of the Holy Spirit? Christ Jesus, help me wait to be clothed in power from on high.
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord. (Psalm 34:8)
With the eyes of your heart enlightened, may you know what is the hope to which he has called you...what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe. Paul of Tarsus, Letter to the Ephesians
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.