May 16, 2021

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May 16
Sunday after Ascension Thursday

Let’s read synchronously all that Sacred Scripture has to say about the Ascension:

The Commission

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Matthew 28,16-20 / see also Mark 16,15-18

The Promise

And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit…. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.

Acts 1,4-5.8

The Ascension

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.

Luke 24,50-51 / see also Mark 16,19; Acts 1,9b


And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Acts 1,10-11

Return to Jerusalem

And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

Luke 24,52-53 / see also Acts 1,12

Our Lady, Queen of Apostles, pray for us!

Rev. Christopher J. Pollard