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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Acts 1:6-14)
To his disciples’ question of when he will establish his kingdom, the risen Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will come upon them in power and they will be his witnesses the world over. He then ascends into a cloud, after which they devote themselves to prayer.
Psalm (68:1-10, 32-35)
The Psalmist calls for a joyful witness to the nations concerning the Lord, who reverses the fortunes of the needy and has always stood by Israel. He rides upon the clouds, filling the sky with his awesome power and giving strength to his people.
Second Reading (1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11)
Encouraging Christians who are suffering because they have obeyed Christ, Peter declares this a test arising from the predictable hostility of the devil. Presently humbled, but blessed in having the Spirit, by grace they will finally overcome him and be exalted.
Gospel (John 17:1-11)
In his prayer near the end of his earthly life, Jesus portrays his becoming the source of eternal life as a work that has glorified his Father. Soon to leave his disciples behind in the world, he asks that they be preserved in the same unity he shares with the Father.
- Jesus is always concerned for his disciples and provides what they need in order to carry on his mission to the nations
- The power of God is active in the life and witness of Christians
- Christians are to continue the mission of Jesus through the Holy Spirit
- In spite of our misunderstandings, Christ is at work in us through his Spirit
- Emmanuel: God is with us
SENTENCE (BAS, Canada)
I will not leave you desolate, says the Lord; I will come to you. John 14.18
COLLECT OF THE DAY (BAS, Canada)
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven. Mercifully give us faith to know
that, as he promised,
he abides with us on earth to the end of time;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN