Delivered by Archbishop Council Nedd II at St. Alban’s Anglican Church on the First Sunday After Ascension
“… The Comforter is how Jesus describes the Holy Ghost. And Jesus chose the word “comforter” to describe the Holy Ghost because Jesus knew precisely what was in store for the new Christians. He goes on to warn them that they are going to be expelled from the synagogues. Worse than that, people will try to kill the Christians, solid in their belief that they are doing God a favor…”
It’s all very prophetic, but it really doesn’t deal with the event we are actually commemorating, which is Jesus’ ascent to heaven, and the apostles’ reaction.
The apostles’ reactions immediately prior to the Ascension tell a significant story. They illustrate with crystal clarity the stubbornness with which we subordinate God’s agenda to our own, and we do this without actually realizing it. Today’s Gospel provides a very useful contrast between what Jesus actually said at the Last Supper, and what the apostles thought they heard. This Passover meal was Jesus’ last opportunity to prepare the Apostles for the ordeal to come…”
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