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.
The Second reading at Mass on Sunday, the feast of the Ascension, From St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, draws our attention to God as Father and God as Son…
- God the Father who raises the Son from the dead…
- God the Son who, in graceful cooperation with the Father, is Lord of all
The reference to the spirit, in lower case, in the first sentence above, might not be a reference to God the Holy Spirit, as such, but certainly is part of a prayer that we should share in the wisdom and all that is gift of the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and is gifted by the Son, and who we will remember especially next Sunday, the feast of Pentecost.
Jesus was seen by at his Jewish opponents as blasphemous, claiming for himself that which is proper only to God.
Paul , converted to faith in Jesus, sees no competition between God the Father and God the Son, and indeed the Holy Spirit. They are perfectly at one in their saving work, the work of love, a work that seeks to make the whole of creation again one with God.
- To whom do you give obedience for the sake of God’s saving work?
Carving. Ely Cathedral. (c) 2010