“It should be noted that the Mount of Olives is a Sabbath’s day journey from Jerusalem, that is, the distance a Jew was permitted to walk on the day of the Sabbath. Ecumenius writes, “A Sabbath day’s journey is one mile in length, as Clement says in his fifth Stromatis; it is two thousand cubits, as the Interpretation of the Acts states.” They draw this conclusion from the fact that, while they were in the wilderness, the Israelites of old kept within this distance from the Holy Tabernacle, whither they walked on the Sabbath day to worship God.” Holy Ascension: Reading from the Synaxarion
Reflection: With the paralytic, the woman at the well, and the blind man we saw the transition from the Mosaic law to the laws of Jesus. With the finding of the lost sheep, we noted the confrontation of the Mosaic law. Meditate on the preceding and other challenges our Lord God and Saviour evinced to us during his ministry and time with us.
Then consider the reading for the Ascension from Luke 24: “These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”