Speak Lord: Of the life of heaven on earth

Living Eucharist

Chains of St Paul

The Second reading for tomorrow’s feast of the Ascension has Paul writing, perhaps in the early 60s from his imprisonment in Rome, to the Church in Ephesus.

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called.

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.

Each one of us, however, has been given his own share of grace, given as Christ allotted it. It was said that he would:

When he ascended to the height, he captured prisoners,

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