Saturday, May 27, 2017

Prayer and Community

Lectio          Acts 1: 12-14    

After Jesus had been taken up to heaven the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day's journey away.

When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son rof Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.

All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.


Afer the Ascension of Jesus, the apostles stay together and often pray.  They are a community, in communion with each other.  After seeing Jesus ascending, the intensity of their prayers increased.  "All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer...".  What is important in these verses is that the believers stayed in community.  Also, they devoted themselves to prayer.  Can you continuously pray?


Did the apostles, after the Ascension, feel the same loss as they did when Jesus was buried?  What were they thinking?
    Definitely, their prayer life improved exponentially.  Jesus told them to wait, and they do.


Lord, as You ascended, so do I wish for myself and my loved ones.  I long to be One with You.  Until I meet You in Heaven, I will unite myself with You in the Holy Eucharist.


I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, and the communion of saints.

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