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Vol: 45, No.31 THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD ( B) May 13 2018  
Men of Galilee, why gaze in wonder at the heavens? This Jesus whom you saw ascending into heaven will return as you saw him go, alleluia. (Acts 1:11)
The Ascension marked the final leave-taking of Jesus from his disciples. Jesus was accompanied by his disciples when he journeyed to Jerusalem. Jesus had a hectic schedule in Jerusalem, such as triumphant entry into the holy city, teaching in the Temple area, Last Supper, arrest, trials, crucifixion and death. The disciples were shocked by the events in quick succession and the violence with which Jesus was killed. They were also frightened. The vision of the risen Jesus energized them and gave them hope. Repeated appearances of Jesus which lasted for forty days motivated them to be future evangelizers and the process was completed with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God as the Lord and Master. May the celebration of the feast of the Ascension motivate us to be his faithful disciples. (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God/....
Glory to God ...

Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is
called to follow in hope. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever.
(Luke begins the Acts of the Apostles with an account of the Ascension which takes place forty days after the resurrection).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1:1-11)
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. 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.”
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. 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 ends of the earth.”
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