The Way is a podcast of the Ephesus School Network.
This past Sunday was Fathers’ Day in the United States. This is a day we set aside to recognize the important role that dads play in our lives. But, on this day of all days, we read this from the Gospel, “He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me.” Yet, at the same time, the Bible also tells us to, “Honor our father and mother.” Is Jesus opposing Moses? Did Jesus really mean what he said? Today, on The Way, we look at how the gospel message disrupts our lives and forces us to make some tough choices. We’ll also take a look at how that choice might just disrupt our family lives!
The Ascension of our Lord is often overlooked. It always falls on a Thursday, and, in our society, that makes it hard to celebrate properly. However, Ascension is an important feast: it looks backwards and forwards at the same time. Looking back, the Feast of the Ascension reminds us of how the Old Testament wrote about Christ’s suffering and rising. So, we shouldn’t have been surprised that Christ did, truly, rise from the dead, in the flesh no less! Looking forwards, we anticipate the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Though Ascension points us both to the Feast of Pascha behind us and the Feast of Pentecost before us, it’s more than a “link feast.” It reminds us of our own glorification. In today’s episode, we meditate on a few different themes of this feast.