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Daily Office Readings for Thursday of the 6th Week of Easter: Year 1
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16 to 20)
Matthew gets us back to Galilee for the Great Commission and Ascension. This commission comes from the Resurrected Jesus as He is ascending [back] into His Glory, the glory from whence he came before he was born.
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Eucharistic Readings for Ascension Day: All Years
“Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,” (Luke 24: 45)
It is important that this is a 2 part Pondering. We need the Gospel according to both Matthew and Luke to really understand what’s going on here.
The Bible, and in particular, the Gospel should be studied within prayer and faithful, unassuming believers. I have learned from my time in Women’s Bible Study, Sunday Christian Formation, Confirmation Classes, Group Spiritual Direction, Education for Ministry, the Brotherhood of St Andrew and Virginia Theological Seminary, that real learning is accomplished when we open with prayer, be honest about what we don’t know, and be willing to surrender to what the Spirit is saying to God’s people and the Churches. This is how our minds are still opened today.
I have learned very little, if anything from preaching or reading in solitude, except for meditational pondering of our Daily Office. I have gained some spiritual insight from listening to others preach. Thank You Jesus. But for the most part, it is when I am in the company of believers that my “mind is opened to more fully understand the scriptures.”
When he [Jesus], had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven,” (Acts 1: 9 to 11). With this, I am reminded; Christ was born, Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ has ascended, and Christ will come again.
Let us live to love, more than just love to live, listening to what the Spirit is saying to, and through, the saints of God, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John