Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ: the joy of Ascension Day

Thursday, May 21, 2020
    Feast of Commemoration of Helena, Protector of the Faith, 330
    When [Jesus] had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.
    —Luke 24:50-51 (NIV)
    This Ascension Day is properly the most solemn feast of our Lord Jesus: for this day first in His manhood He began to sit on the Father’s right hand in bliss and took full rest of all His pilgrimage before.
    Also this is properly the feast of all the blessed spirits in heaven: for this day they had a new joy of their Lord whom they saw never before there in His manhood.
    ... The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ, tr. Nicolas Love, Michael G. Sargent, Westminster: William Caxton, 1490, critical edition, Garland Pub., 1992, p. 219 (see the book)
    See also Luke 24:50-51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9; Eph. 1:18-21; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I long to see You in the flesh.
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