For this Sunday’s readings click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser.
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Both our first reading and our Gospel tell the story of the Ascension. In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles we are told that “………. as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.” Similarly, in our Gospel today we are told that: “So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.”
Now while this Feast celebrates Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, it is also celebrates what the disciples did after the Ascension. Both our reading from Acts and our Gospel tell us of the commission that Jesus gave his disciples before he ascended into heaven. In Acts we are told: “and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” And in our Gospel Jesus told his disciples: “Go out into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” And we know that empowered by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, this is just what the early disciples did. The task of being witnesses of Christ and proclaiming his Gospel now falls to us.
Our second reading for this Sunday is from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians. In it Paul prays for the people of Ephesus “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe.”
Questions for Reflection/Discussion:
- Who was the first person to tell you about Jesus Christ?
- What is one concrete and specific way you could be a witness for Christ and proclaim his Gospel?
- I love the words: “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened.” What do these words mean to you?