I have this amazing image in my mind about what it must have been like to witness Jesus’ ascension first hand. But it’s probably more influenced by movies I’ve seen than anything else.
He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”Acts 1:9-11 NASB
We know it was up. We know there were clouds. We know He rose into the sky, or heaven, depending on the translation.
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Today our God comes to join us here on earth, in human form.
Sure, God’s always with us, never separated. But since He’s invisible to our eyes, it can be tough to have a real relationship.
So God chose to join us at a particular time and place. Because He wanted to make it easier for us to understand the message.
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The resurrected Son of God left us after just a few weeks – forty days in the Christian tradition.
But there was so much more to learn! There still is, nearly 2000 years later!
At some stage, you have to let your kiddos grow up and navigate the world in their own way.
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We just witnessed the greatest miracle of all time. God’s Son left us, then returned on the third day. Or at least that’s what they’re telling us.
Of course it doesn’t feel like a miracle right now. Only the benefit of time will show us the salvation of all humanity.
Jesus is here with us. His words? “Peace be with you.”
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This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice!
Do I really understand the magnitude of what has happened? This is an absolutely unique event in the entire history of mankind.
God Himself came to show us the way. Even past death.
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“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.” — Luke 3:4
On this Second Sunday of Advent, we anticipate the birth of God’s only Son to become part of humanity.
It’s an amazing and unique event in the entire history of the world.
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Our mother Mary was, herself, born without sin. That’s why this feast day is about Mary’s conception, not that of Jesus.
One explanation that I’ve heard of this is that the Ark of the Covenant must be unblemished. And since Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant, Jesus, it is appropriate that she also be unblemished.
So it’s about faith, not scientific proof. And I’m quite fine with that.
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I get blown away by the concept of Communion of Saints. I’m connected to everyone, living or dead, past, present, or future.
Which is appropriate, as we’re all on the same journey, striving for communion with God.
Our Saints are those who have completed (or will complete) the journey. And I want to be there with them.
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Jesus often healed with the words, “your faith has healed you.”
Which I find fascinating. Didn’t Jesus heal?
Is it just that Jesus was modest? Hardly, not when He repeatedly declared Himself the Son of God and Son of Man.
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Today we’re ending the readings called the “bread of life discourse” from the book of John. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, and we’ll spend an entire lifetime learning what this means.
God’s only Son, the ever-eternal Christ, came to us as Jesus of Nazareth. He gave His body, His entire life, to have us join with God.
As an analytic engineer type, my natural question is: So how does THAT work? Well, I’ve decided this is the wrong question.
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