Brian’s Reflection: Sunday, May 19, 2013
[ In the Christian Kalendar, the Sunday of the Ascension ]
[ The complete Readings for the Sunday after the Ascension can be found at:
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come."
And let everyone who hears say, "Come."
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
Rev 22 – the Epistle for this Sunday
Do you want this Sunday, as you worship, truly mean something?
In John 17, Jesus prays “that they all be one … as You and I are One”.
He’s not talking about some fantasy, generated by the “church”, that all people will acknowledge Jesus, literally, as “Lord”. Such a concept is the insidious work of the Evil One … and alas the temporal “church” is often very easily used as a tool of the “Prince of Lies”. But remember, Jesus made it clear that His Kingdom was not of this World.
Why did Jesus have to “ascend”? Why did He have to “leave”? For this: so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.". [John 17]
This desire of Jesus will never happen until we renounce all characteristics of “earthly kingdoms”. To be “one” with Jesus, with God, means that each of us must invite Love to transform us into a Christ of God. It means that we must see, with the inner eye, that our Self is Jesus, living only for Love … in the Christian Myth, “taking up the Cross”. I remind you of the words of the hymn: In Christ there is no East or West / in Him no South or North / but one great fellowship of Love / throughout the whole wide World. The Kingdom of God will never come if we think that all must acknowledge Jesus as the Christian Lord over all. It will only come when we see Jesus peering into our eyes from every human being. Until every person is a manifestation of our Self.
Jesus “went away” … “ascended”. As He said, He had to.
Or we cannot be faithful to His call to Follow Him.