This is the day on which Christians celebrate the feast of the Ascension of Christ into heaven. In the Scriptures we can find a number of appearances of Christ wherein he continually assures all those present that he will never abandon them (by extension, us) and that he will send “another Advocate” to be with us. We will celebrate the outpouring of this Spirit on the 15th of this month, the feast of Pentecost.
One of the most Spirit-filled witnesses to the on-going presence of Christ in the world was St. Paul whose words this morning to the Ephesians (1:17-23) confirmed the message that Christ gave as he was taking his leave of this world. There are two statements of blessing that Paul uses that are particularly significant to me. May we all come to know and understand the depth of meaning expressed in these heartfelt words of Paul:
May the God of Our Lord Jesus Christ give you a spirit of wisdom…May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened…