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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.
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