In today’s second reading, St. Paul offers prayer for the people of Ephesus and, by extension, for us too. The realization of this prayer in our lives will make the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord meaningful in our lives today. In the prayer, he asked that the eyes of our hearts be enlightened. This enlightenment will bring us to the knowledge of three things: the hope that belongs to those called by God, the riches of glory in God’s inheritance, and the surpassing greatness of God’s power for us who believe.
This is the link between the first reading and the gospel. Since we know the hope of our calling we will not be looking into heaven like these men of Galilee. We will not think our world has come to an end or crumbling on us because we have lost something in our lives. Jesus’ leaving of the disciples was very necessary so that the Holy Spirit will come upon them. This is the assurance – we know and are certain that when one door closes another opens for us.
When we have the enlightenment of the eyes and of our hearts, we know the surpassing greatness of God’s power in Christ; therefore we will worship Him and not doubt like some doubted in our gospel. And because of our knowledge of the riches of glory in God’s inheritance we will go all out to make disciples of all nations as Jesus has instructed, because we know what is in it for us.
It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that brings us that enlightenment when we are docile to Him and listen to His promptings. The eyes, no matter how sound it may be, can’t see clearly without light. The grace of the Holy Spirit is the light of our hearts and it is that which illuminates our understanding of the things of God.
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, may I be inspired to spread your Gospel message in word and deed, according to your will for me. And may I do so prudently and joyfully, with your help, your guidance, and your grace! And remembering this glorious event, help me to seek what is above, Heaven, where you are seated at the right hand of God the Father, Amen
(Acts 1:1-11; Ps. 47; Eph.1:17-23; Matt. 28:16-20)
KEEPING YOU ALL IN PRAYERS. KEEP SAFE. GOD BLESS YOU.