"Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God" (Luke 24:50-53).
Jesus gave his disciples two gifts as he departed from them: joy and praise. We have not seen before that the disciples were joyful or full of praise either before Jesus' death or after. But now they are changed. His blessing to them is that they be full of joy and praise for God.
For reflection: Am I a joyful person? Am I able to praise God easily?
Let us pray. "Clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness, for the Lord, the Most High, the awesome, is the great king over all the earth" (Psalm 47:1-2).
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.