A runner seeing the finish line in the distance finds a burst of energy to complete the race. So does Jesus fix his eyes upon Jerusalem straight ahead to be then taken straight up to Heaven.
The Greek word for “taken up,” analepsis, is the word for the Ascension of Jesus. Mount Calvary is as the Mount of the Ascension; the raised cross prefigures, and is at once, the Ascension.
From the deepest of suffering and darkness, there is no place to go but up. Yet for this to happen there is no place to go but straight ahead in following Jesus. He has blazed the trail for you; all you need to do is follow. Keep your eyes upon him, and nothing from the sidelines will distract you, or prompt you to leave the race before the finish.
Face set to Jerusalem v. 51
I, messenger before You v. 52
Following where’re You go v. 57
“Proclaim the kingdom of God.” v. 60
For more about this way to pray, see “Daily Bible Breaths” in Resources.
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in Resources.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke.
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