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Power of the Lord’s Ascension

[Acts 1:1–12; Luke 24:36–53] Saint Paul express­es the pow­er of the Lord’s Ascen­sion in this man­ner: When he ascend­ed up on high, he led cap­tiv­i­ty cap­tive, and gave gifts unto men (Eph. 4:8). Hav?ing sat­is­fied God’s right­eous­ness, the Lord opened for us all the trea?sures of God’s good­ness. This is in?deed a cap­tur­ing or tak­ing of spoils after vic­to­ry. The begin­ning of the dis­tri­b­u­tion of these spoils to peo­ple is the descent of the Holy Spir­it, Who, hav­ing descend­ed, always a?bides in the Church and gives every?one that which he needs, receiv­ing all from that cap­tive cap­tiv­i­ty (cf. Eph 4:8). Come every­one and take. But pre­pare for your­self guardian of that trea­sure, which is a pure heart; have hands to take it, which is unre­flect­ing faith. Then step forth search­ing hope­ful­ly, and pray­ing re?lentlessly.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse