In the name of the Crucified and Risen Lord. Amen.
As the reading from Acts began: “When the apostles had come together, they asked Jesus, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’” I’ll admit that I struggle in my discipleship, in putting my full trust in God, in acting as if Jesus really is the Lord of all Creation. And it gives me such solace to have this passage from Acts that shows us that Jesus’ very own disciples are with me in those struggles. They had been with Jesus for three years of teaching and ministry, they were there during Holy Week, they saw the Risen Lord for 40 days. The Bible tells us that during these days with the Resurrected Lord that Jesus opened the Scriptures to them. They didn’t learn about Jesus, they learned from him. And at the culmination of Jesus’ ministry on earth they say “This has all been fantastic, Lord, just one more question – is now the time when you’re going to get to the whole business of being the Messiah that we were hoping for?”