Study: What do the readings say?
Pray: What do the readings say to me?
Serve: What do the readings make me do or say…today?
Let’s take a look at some of the main themes we find in the Scripture readings for the Ascension of the Lord.
1st Reading – Acts 1:1-11
- The introduction serves as a bridge between the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles (both written by the same author.)
- The apostles will receive the power of the Holy Spirit and proclaim the Good News to “the ends of the earth.”
- The Church applies this psalm directly to the triumph of Jesus as he ascends to Heaven.
- We rejoice over the victory of our God!
2nd Reading – Option 1 – Ephesians 1:17-23
- A prayer for wisdom and understanding for all disciples.
- Reviews the supremacy of Christ over all things.
2nd Reading – Option 2 – Ephesians 4:1-13
- An invitation to live a life that is worthy of the call that we have received.
- We have received gifts to be shared for the building up of the body of Christ.
Gospel – Mark 16:15-20
- Christ commands his disciples to “go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”
- The disciples will be filled with power and able to perform many different signs.
- Christ ascends into Heaven; the disciples carry out his mission.
Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord
Note: This post was first published on May 10, 2021.
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