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Study, Pray, Serve: The Ascension of the Lord

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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.”

Psalm 47:2-3,6-7,8-9

  • 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


Catholic Inspiration Archives

Note: This post was first published on May 10, 2021.

The Ascension of the Lord

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The feast of the Ascension teaches us key spiritual insights about ourselves and the Lord. May this day inspire us to embrace our faith – strengthened by Christ – as we face our own challenges and grow in God’s grace.

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord


The Ascension of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s ascension into heaven marks a shift for the disciples as they transition from their experiences with Jesus to proclaiming the Gospel on their own.  Life offers us many such transitions as opportunities that help us grow in wisdom and strength…for this life and the life to come.

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord


Catholic Inspiration Archives

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