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Ascension of the Lord (C)

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MAY 29, 2022

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Sunday Lectionary Themes

by Fr. Andrew Ricci

Diocese of Superior

Fr. Andrew Ricci

Here are some of the main themes we see in the readings for the Ascension of the Lord.

1st Reading – Acts 1:1-11

  • Luke transitions from his Gospel to the account of the Apostles.
  • Jesus is taken up into heaven, assuring his followers that they will receive the Holy Spirit.

Responsorial – Psalm  47:2-3,6-9

  • “God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.”
  • The Lord reveals his power and glory as all people praise God’s might.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 1:17-23 (option #1)

  • The Lord offers a Spirit of wisdom and revelation that enlightens his followers.
  • Christ’s has been raised in glory and is seated in the heavens with dominion over all creation.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23 (option #2)

  • Christ is the great high priest who offers his once-for-all sacrifice.
  • We have confidence and hope to approach the Lord, trusting in his mercy.

Gospel – Luke 24:46-53

  • Jesus explains how his death and resurrection would be preached to the nations.
  • The Lord blesses his disciples and ascends into heaven.

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