Here are some of the main themes we see in the readings for the Ascension of the Lord.
1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11
- Luke transitions from his Gospel to the account of the Apostles.
- Jesus is taken up into heaven, assuring his followers that they will receive the Holy Spirit.
Psalm – 47:2-3,6-9
- “God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.”
- The Lord reveals his power and glory as all people praise God’s might.
2nd Reading – Ephesians 1:17-23 (option #1)
- The Lord offers a Spirit of wisdom and revelation that enlightens his followers.
- Christ’s has been raised in glory and is seated in the heavens with dominion over all creation.
2nd Reading – Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23 (option #2)
- Christ is the great high priest who offers his once-for-all sacrifice.
- We have confidence and hope to approach the Lord, trusting in his mercy.
Gospel – Luke 24:46-53
- Jesus explains how his death and resurrection would be preached to the nations.
- The Lord blesses his disciples and ascends into heaven.