And what was that glimpse? Well, in artists depictions, Jesus feet are often the last things we see. In poking around for my favorite picture of the Ascension (Found it! Can you see the toes dangling up there?), I also stumbled on this helpful sermon, which I am liberally quoting here:
"When we speak of the Ascension, we proclaim not only with Thomas that Jesus is our Lord and our God, ruler of all things on heaven and on earth, but also that Jesus’ earthly ministry eventually had to come to an end. Those feet would eventually take their last step, leaving the disciples, and leaving us, to carry on his ministry, his work, and his love for others. When we speak of the Ascension, we look backward, to Jesus’ earthly ministry, but also forward, to our ministry today. The Ascension serves as the segue between the two."
Thanks Lee! Seems like a pretty good way segue, as he says, between these last few weeks' readings from the Final Discourse, and Pentecost.
On the other hand, the title of this post actually comes from the Epistle, and maybe you are in a place and with a people who need a word on the nature of suffering strange times. Or are you choosing another text altogether? Comments open!
Link to this week's texts found here.
And, an editorial note. Frequent commenter Gord from Following Frodo will be picking up co-facilitation of Lectionary Leanings in June and July and then every other month. Make sure to pop in and say hello on his first week next week!