Ascension Sunday (Eastertide, 7): The picture of a diver

In the final Sunday of Eastertide, we celebrate the ascended, resurrected and reigning Christ. Hallelujah! 

Ascension Swim  by Matthew Farrar ( source )

Ascension Swim by Matthew Farrar (source)

One has the picture of a diver, stripping off garment after garment, making himself naked, then flashing for a moment in the air, and sunlit water into the pitch black, cold, freezing water, down into the mud and slime, then up again, his lungs almost bursting, back again to the green and warm and sunlit water, and then at last out into the sunshine, holding in his hand the dripping thing he went down to get. The thing is human nature; but associated with it, all nature, the new universe.
— C.S. Lewis

Today's readings: Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Psalm 93, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53

Listen to my Eastertide playlist on Spotify:  Resurrection

The Collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter:

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing; Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer