Gospel LK 24:46-53
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.
And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you;
but stay in the city
until you are clothed with power from on high."
Then he led them out as far as Bethany,
raised his hands, and blessed them.
As he blessed them he parted from them
and was taken up to heaven.
They did him homage
and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
and they were continually in the temple praising God.
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blessed and in our hearts take up Your rest, come with Thy Grace and heavenly aide to fill the hearts which Thou has made.
“Stay” — Jesus tells his disciples to stay where He leads them. The disciples are being told what to do when they reach the destination to which He is leading them; they are told to “stay.” It seems a small instruction but a lot hinges on it. When the Lord leads us, we can feel a great peace, confidence and ease, sometimes its extremely exciting. But staying where He leaves us is a hard part in allowing oneself to be led. We can feel many feelings. We can feel that we somehow got off track or that we missed a cue during the time He was actively leading us and moving us. We can also feel anxious and have a deep desire to become active and do something, because waiting and ‘staying put’ can feel excruciating. But there was a purpose for the wait, and the purpose our Lord spoke to the disciples was this: “stay until you are clothed with power from on high.” There is a gift that is being given and in order to receive it, I must BE where He has led me and asked me to stay until He does what He intends to do, because He knows exactly where I am, where He has me, and He never forgets me. The activity here is the activity of totally living the present moment, as God has it at the present moment. Staying “all in,” totally present and engaged where He has led me and what He has me doing, is exactly what I need to be about.
There is a wonderful little book, a simple read: Lessons from a Sheep Dog by Philip Keller. He has a chapter on “staying’ that is really beautiful, he emphasizes that we often don’t want to stay put where he leaves us, quite oftentimes, because we feel he might forget about us. But this will never happen as a child of God. Our Father in Heaven will never forget us, we are His beloved son/daughter, precious to Him. Sometimes the three most comforting prayers are the most simple, giving us the courage to wait here. The Creed: “I believe in One God, Father Almighty!” Our Lords Prayer, “Our Father” and the Hail Mary; “Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now.” At these waiting moments it is very good thing to ponder whom I am waiting upon: My Father in Heaven. My Father who is All Good, All Mighty, All Merciful, All Loving and that He is doing something right now!! He is expanding my heart to receive the promised gift. This time of waiting can hurt, it can feel deeply painful, but it is achieving the goal of the Father-it is preparing our heart for the immeasurably abundant gift He is soon to bestow.
Question: What do I fear the most about staying put, where the Lord leads me? Do I truly hear, the word “until”, in other words, there is a time when I will be moving again? Am I willing to wait?
Prayer: Jesus I place all my confidence in you, never let me be separated from You. Amen.