Holding On, Letting Go

Our “Gospel According to Pixar” series continues this week by looking at the film Up and the gospel of Luke 24:44-53

Luke 24:44-53 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

44 Then he said to them, “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.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah[a] is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses[b] of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension of Jesus

50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.[c] 52 And they worshiped him, and[d] returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53 and they were continually in the temple blessing God.[e]


  1. Luke 24:46 Or the Christ
  2. Luke 24:48 Or nations. Beginning from Jerusalem 48 you are witnesses
  3. Luke 24:51 Other ancient authorities lack and was carried up into heaven
  4. Luke 24:52 Other ancient authorities lack worshiped him, and
  5. Luke 24:53 Other ancient authorities add Amen

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Holding On, Letting Go