Thursday, June 10, 2021

Reflection on the Ascension of the Lord (St. Theophan the Recluse)


 
By St. Theophan the Recluse

Saint Paul expresses the power of the Lord’s Ascension in this manner: "When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men" (Eph. 4:8). Having satisfied God’s righteousness, the Lord opened for us all the treasures of God’s goodness. This is indeed a capturing or taking of spoils after victory. The beginning of the distribution of these spoils to people is the descent of the Holy Spirit, Who, having descended, always abides in the Church and gives everyone that which he needs, receiving all from that captive captivity (cf. Eph 4:8). Come everyone and take. But prepare for yourself to be a guardian of that treasure, which is a pure heart; have hands to take it, which is unreflecting faith. Then approach with hopeful trust, and praying relentlessly.
 
 
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