The Jesus said to his disciples, 'These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you - that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, 'Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.....
Then he led them out as as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple blessing God.
(Church in Wales Lectionary, New Revised Standard Version)
Have you made a will? I do hope so! You can now buy a pack from all good stationers with all the instructions needed. In my work I have seen too many families left with the problems and costs incurred by those who haven't left wills. Perhaps this was because they thought they hadn't got much to leave, but unless we are homeless most of us do have something to leave, even if it's only the dog.
In today's reading we see Jesus taking leave of his disciples. He doesn't just leave them in the night and disappear, he does some specific things:
This 'living-will' made by Jesus is still in existence and passes to each of us as inheritors of the will.
You have left us inheritors
of Your will:
to pass on Your teaching to others,
and to spread the gospel to our own community
and the wider world.
Help us to carry out this mission
to the best of our ability
both now and in the future.
The question is, how do we pass on Jesus' message, the thought of which usually terrifies us? There are many sites that give help, but they can be very 'wordy'. This one has some simple, practical, ideas: