The Seven Appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection: #5 At the Mount of Olives

By Fr. Ron Will

This meditation is based on the Matthew 28: 16-20.

Welcome back to Precious Blood Renewal Center for this 5th week of Easter meditations.

The Ascension by Andrea Mantegna
Many Ascension scenes have an upper (Heavenly) and a lower (earthly) part. The Ascension by Andrea Mantegna, The Yorck Project (2002) distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. ISBN: 3936122202., Public Domain.

Workplaces and churches may be opening up a little more in your part of the country than they were a week ago, but there are still lots of concerns about this virus. It is good to come together in prayer for ourselves and to support one another; to pray for the church as we face a new reality, a new way of being church.

In this meditation today we will go with the apostles to Galilee, after Jesus’s resurrection, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. We start out early in the morning and after we have had something to eat for the journey. It’s a fresh, spring morning. There are spring flowers blooming along the way ;you hear birds chirping occasionally.

There is an eagerness in your heart to see Jesus again. you can sense the same eagerness in other disciples. Some are wondering: “What is he going to tell us? Why is he calling us all this way to talk to us?”

To what is Jesus calling us?

Again I invite you to enter into this contemplatively prayer by sitting up straight in your chair, relax, let go of any distractions, any tensions. Let go of anything on your “to-do-list” for today. Set it all aside for now.

Take a few deep breaths. Breathe in the new life of spring and of Easter.

Breathe out any negative thoughts, any anxiety about yourself or about your loved ones.

I invite you to enter more deeply into this prayer by prayerful singing along:

There Is a longing in my heart for you, oh Lord to reveal yourself to me.
There is a longing in my heart for you, I only find in you, my God.

Let us begin.

[Fr. Ron Will, a Precious Blood priest and spiritual director, is a graduate of Catholic Theological Union and Creighton University’s School of Christian Spirituality. He has a special interest in helping form intentional disciples of Jesus, encouraging others to go spiritually deep-sea diving to explore a deeper relationship with God, and walking with people as they dive into the ocean of God’s mystery actually experiencing God rather than simply dipping one’s toe into the water.]

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Image above is The Ascension of Our Lord, 14th century, by Novgorod School – BJU Museum and Gallery, Public Domain.

 

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