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R. Alleluia, alleluia. Jesus told his apostles and us “I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.” (Jn 15:16, RSV)  We are to display the fruits of the Spirit: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, fruitfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity (cf. The word power is a key to these readings for the Feast of the Ascension. Reading 2                                               Eph 1:17-23. He wants to demonstrate His power in and through us.

He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons raising him from the dead Even when Jesus ascended, the words of the angels, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?” indicates the apostles’ desire to cling to what had been, what was familiar to them. until the day he was taken up, From the beginning, God’s eternal plan has been to “give you a Spirit of Wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him.”  If we allow the Spirit to work in us as He wills, He will reveal to us the truth of God and the wisdom to accept it and to pass it on to others. ( Log Out /  give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation Unfortunately, in the Western church we don't give this season of joy the same kind of attention we give Lent. Only limits we set for God and for ourselves can limit God’s ability to achieve His desires for our lives. Sing praise to God, sing praise; in his inheritance among the holy ones, Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. what are the riches of glory Sunday Reading Bible Studies in Bryan/College Station, FEAST OF PENTECOST, MASS DURING THE DAY—MAY 31, 2020. Their response would determine whether the beginning would evolve, radicalizing and sacramentalizing every dimension of human life or fizzle out in tame piety. Then the Father took Jesus from the apostles a second time. and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, Power in the first reading and the gospel is ěxŏusia (G1849) meaning, in the sense of ability, privilege, capacity, competency, freedom, or mastery. For the Apostles, it has been a journey from suffering and death to the joy of the Resurrection.

With the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, we come to the end of Jesus’s earthly life. and speaking about the kingdom of God. “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” His body, no longer physical but spiritual, penetrates the heavens and is present in the Eucharist. St. Francis de Sales notes: The mystery of the Ascension astounds us. The disciples were very much like us. The apostolic era was dawning. sing hymns of praise. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord. May 21, 2020. St. Francis de Sales notes: The mystery of the Ascension astounds us. R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord. The second word, dunamis/dunamai (G1411 & G1410), is translated power in the second reading, but also might be translated might.

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, We will understand Easter when we begin to live as if death really has been overcome. Luke seems to be imitating Mark whose Gospel opens with the title line, "The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. They were confused because their experience seemed like proof and they were afraid to trust it. He gives Himself to all those who wish to receive and embrace Him. The Ascension of the Lord (May 21/24, 2020) Today we experience Jesus in His risen body ascending into the fullness of God’s kingdom. Go and teach all nations, says the Lord; We as Christians must love our bodies as living images of our incarnate Savior. Alleluia                                                 Mt 28:19a, 20b.

the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.

All you peoples, clap your hands, Luke seems to be goading us to ask why they needed many proofs? May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, shout to God with cries of gladness, This power is a gift to be received and used. ( Log Out /  Similarly, when we set up a stronger affection for imperishable, eternal things, we extinguish our inordinate love of ephemeral things. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. To receive these commentaries two months in advance, sign up for Sunday Resources emails. but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”, When they had gathered together they asked him,

If we resist, we are left behind as God moves forward. Unfortunately, even during their time with the resurrected Jesus, the apostles did not understand the kingdom of heaven, referred to as the kingdom of God in Luke. With the Feast of the Ascension (formally celebrated on a Thursday), we've completed 40 days of Easter — the same amount of time we spent in Lent. Christianity may be simpler than we thought. So, too, the Easter season: Even if we spent hours celebrating the Vigil, Easter Monday comes and most of us carry on as if we were living in ordinary time in a pre-Resurrection world. Brothers and sisters: Power in the first reading and the gospel is ěxŏusia (G1849) meaning, in the sense of ability, privilege, capacity, competency, freedom, or mastery. Luke starts the Acts of the Apostles with great aplomb saying something like, "I already wrote a book that relates everything Jesus started to do and teach until the day he left." This power is a gift to be received and used. far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, Luke gave us another half-cloaked expression of apostolic ambivalence when he said that the risen Lord "presented himself alive to them by many proofs." was delivered on 5th June 2011. This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven Reading 1                                               Acts 1:1-11, In the first book, Theophilus, In putting Jesus to death, they took from the apostles the Jesus they had known for three years; but the apostles got to know the resurrected Jesus. Most of our translations skip over that little word "started," but that's what Luke wrote.

We must also love this divine image in each other. How did we achieve this? (Adapted from the writings of St. Francis de Sales), The Ascension of the Lord (May 21/24, 2020). Listen carefully to the Ascension readings.

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