This post is going to count for today's feast and tomorrow's observance (at least here in the Midwest). Today is the feast of the apostles Philip and James, witnesses of the Ascension that we celebrate tomorrow (or that you lucky people out there in other ecclesiastical provinces celebrated on Thursday). So I got to thinking about the apostles there, just before the Ascension. And their great, clueless question, "Lord, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now?"
Once again, they had it all backwards.
The Holy Spirit would help them realize that it was not that the Lord was going to restore the kingdom to Israel; the new Israel was to collaborate in restoring the kingdom to God.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations....and know that I am with you always, until the end of the world!"