Acts 1, 10-11
Something to read
They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
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Something to think about
The Twelve were recruited as disciples and followers. They were demoralised at Jesus’ death, and elated at his resurrection. Now as another twist in the tale takes him from them again, all they can do is look up into heaven. Since that’s where he is now, that’s where they naturally fix their eyes. What else would a ‘follower’ do?
We all know people who are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly use. The worship of God is both a privilege and a duty of every Christian, but it can also become something our eyes and hearts get fixed on.
The Eucharist reminds us of the presence of Christ amongst us, by his Spirit. But it is also a reminder of the ‘real absence’ of Christ following the Ascension – and of our vocation to be his Body doing his work in our world today.
When Jesus comes back, he will be interested in what we have done in the meantime.
Something to do
Imagine you know that Jesus is coming back in a year’s time. Make a list of the things you really want to do for his sake before he comes. How high a priority are these things for you now, in your day-to-day life? Decide on your top priority, and start work on it seriously today!
Something to pray
Thank you, Father, for the privilege of worship. Help me to worship, and to live out my life, knowing that the fulfilment of your Kingdom is always ‘near’.
Today’s contributor is JUST LIVING, a fresh expression of church in Devon devoted to the Christian pursuit of justice for the poor and closely linked to Christian Aid.