The final scene in Luke’s Gospel is described again in the opening chapter of the Book of Acts. It is the Ascension of Jesus. Before Jesus departs, he does for the disciples what he did for the two on the road to Emmaus—he opens minds to understanding.
Luke’s Gospel begins and ends in the Temple. The closed, empty, inner Holy of Holies of waiting, longing, and finally God’s intervention in Gabriel, contrasts with the whole Temple. The veil of separation is torn; the new community expands the sacred space of God’s presence as they wait for the Holy Spirit. This Spirit will take them beyond the boundaries of the old Temple to endless limits of the new temple of Christ’s body.
Spend these days of waiting, in watching, longing, and hoping for what is yet to come.
What are these?
Mind opened to the Scriptures v. 45
Repentance and forgiveness v. 47
Staying here till clothed with pow’r v. 49
You lifted; I with great joy v. 52
This is the Seventh Week in Easter, Year A.
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