May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers.
This you can tell from the strength of his power at work in Christ, when he used it to raise him from the dead and to make him sit at his right hand, in heaven, far above every Sovereignty, Authority, Power, or Domination, or any other name that can be named not only in this age but also in the age to come. He has put all things under his feet and made him, as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.
In these days around the Ascension and Pentecost our focus is naturally enough on Jesus and on the Holy Spirit. This reading reminds us of the necessary role of the Father – the very focus of the spirituality and prayer of Jesus.
The Father manifests his power in his service of the Son, of Jesus Christ.
Power in God is displayed, not in self-agrandizement, but in service of the other. The power of God is manifest not only in mutual love and service of Father for Son, and Son for the Father, but the love and affirmation of the Holy Spirit – and all this overflows towards us, for our salvation.
- How do you show your love?
- How do you use your power?
Bring your thoughts to God in prayer…
Crypt Chapel ceiling. Church of St Cecilia, Rome. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.