Devotion for May 7, 2017

 

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We Worship Every Tuesday at 10:30!

 

Meditation for the Week of May 7, 2017

 

 

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.  While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.  And they worshiped him

and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

                                                                                                                        -Luke 24:50-53

 

                                      

It is a heartwarming sight:  the last time the disciples see our Lord, Jesus, he is in the process of blessing them.  His arms outstretched, his nail-marked palms facing them, a look on his face with a mixture of great love and great confidence.  This would be the last earthly glimpse they get of Jesus and this is the lasting image they would have in their minds.

Although the disciples were filled with joy as they returned to Jerusalem, and although they were continually in the Temple, blessing God, they would not remain in that state.  They would be thrown in jail and tried before the Sanhedrin.  After the stoning of St. Stephen, they would be scattered to far-flung towns.

Yet, although the disciples departed from Jerusalem, the blessing of Jesus never left them.  It remains with them, even as it remains with you this day.

If you were to remember where you were 10, 20, 30, or more years ago, you probably would be amazed.  The journeys you took, the friends that came and went, the surprises, the tears of joy, the bitter weeping.  You couldn’t have predicted or imagined half the experiences you’ve had.  Yet through it all, the blessing of Jesus remained with you, even as it does this day.

You received the eternal blessing of Jesus at your Baptism.  There, Jesus put his name and his blessing on you as he forgave your sins and gave you the gift of everlasting life.  Nobody can ever take that blessing away.  No circumstance of your life—good or bad—can ever negate the promise of Baptism.  It is yours now and it is yours forever.

Who knows what life still has in store for you?  Life is full of unpredictable circumstances! But we hold firm to the hope of life everlasting, when we will see the same Jesus—smiling, outstretched arms, nail marked hands—blessing us and welcoming us into his eternal kingdom.

           

Our Weekly Prayer

 

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

 

Lord God, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

 

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