Ascension Sunday, Year C, June 2, 2019

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Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (Acts 1:1-11)

After his resurrection Jesus teaches his disciples about the kingdom of God for forty days. Telling them to wait for the baptism in the Holy Spirit to enable them to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth, he is lifted up into a cloud with a promise that he will return in the same way.

Psalm (47)

Having subdued the whole earth through his people Israel, the Lord has ascended to his throne with thunderous acclamation. The nations are now included in his people, exalting him as their king and joining in joyful praise.


Alternate Psalm (93)

The Lord is the everlasting and universal king of creation, his creation. He is far more majestic than even the awesome thunder of the heavens or the crashing waves of the sea. His laws are sure and his house is holy.

Second Reading (Ephesians 1:15-23)

Having heard of the faith and love of the Ephesians, Paul gives thanks and prays that they will know the rich hope to which they are called. God, whose power raised Jesus from the dead and seated him on high over all other authorities, will do this. He is the head of his body, the church.

Gospel (Luke 24:44-53)

In his last resurrection appearance Jesus shows his disciples how the Scriptures predicted his suffering and rising. Witnesses to this, they are to proclaim repentance and forgiveness in his name even to the ends of the earth. With that he blesses them and ascends into heaven.


  • The ascension of Jesus to the Father marks the end of his earthly ministry and the beginning of his ministry extended through the church
  • The ascension of Jesus reveals his true position as the authoritative Son of God
  • Jesus’ followers are to carry the gospel of his kingdom to all the earth and all its inhabitants
  • Jesus ascends to the place of God as universal king over all the nations




Second Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2019

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Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (Acts 5:27-32)

After the church is established in Jerusalem the apostles are causing such a stir about Jesus that the Jewish council demands their silence. They refuse, saying they are witnesses to God’s raising and exalting of Jesus to his side and must answer to him, not those who killed Jesus.

Psalm (118:14-29)

The Psalmist has experienced the Lord’s punishment and then, in answer to prayer, a last-minute rescue from death. The gates of righteousness are now thrown open and the rejected stone has now become the cornerstone. It is the day of the Lord’s salvation. Let us celebrate!


Psalm (150)

The Psalmist encourages exuberant praise to the Lord for his presence, creation and mighty deeds of salvation. Such praise is to be accompanied by every form of musical instrument, including the voices of everything that breathes.

Second Reading (Revelation 1:4-8)

John writes to the churches in Asia about a revelation from the Lord himself, resurrected and exalted over all powers. He loves us and has saved us from our sins, making us into a kingdom of priests. He, the beginning and the end, is coming openly from heaven to judge all humanity.

Gospel (John 20:19-31)

On Easter evening Jesus appears to his disciples and breathes the Holy Spirit on them, sending them into the world to continue his mission. A week later, he convinces a doubting Thomas and blesses those who believe without actually seeing for themselves.


  • The bodily resurrection of Jesus is attested by the personal witness of those who encountered him in risen form
  • The resurrection of Jesus brings new and abundant life
  • The resurrection and ascension of Jesus establish his credentials as Lord of all
  • The mission of the Church arises out of the bodily resurrection of Jesus and the salvation he has accomplished
  • The resurrection of Jesus is an act of God to be celebrated without parallel