Sunday Readings & Reflections

ASCENSION OF THE LORD

Theme of the Sunday:I Am With you Until the End

First Reading: Acts 1:1-11;
Responsorial: Psalm 47;
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23;
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20; 

Resources used:
*The Sunday Missal, Paulines Publications Africa


Reflection

It is on a mountain that Jesus meets his followers for the last time iso 다운로드. This recalls other biblical scenes on the mountain. Elijah experienced God in a new way on the mountain not as the God of storm, earthquake and fire, but present in the humble sign of a soft breeze (1 Kgs 19: lI-B) Celestial Marriage 1. Moses received his call and the revelation of the divine name, YAHWEH on a mountain (Ex 3,1-4,17). So Jesus, too, reveals himself for the last time to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee gimagex 다운로드.

One of the meanings of the name YAHWEH is “I am who I am” or “I am who I will be”. God commits himself to be with his people and to reveal himself in the course of their history through his loving presence and his help 앵커 태그. If his people are faithful to their Covenant with him, they will experience his presence in a way that no other nation has ever experienced (Dt 4:7). The whole history of Israel with its ups and downs reveals God’s faithfulness to his promise to be with them in spite of their infidelity (Jdg 2:11; 3:7; 1 Sam 15:19; 1 Kgs 11:6; 14: 14; 2 Kgs 3:2; 21 :2, etc.) Millennium. King Ahaz and his wife are reminded of God’s commitment to be with his people when they are promised a child called ‘Emmanuel’, God-with-us (Is 7: 14) ps4 대기모드 게임 다운로드. For Matthew this promise is fulfilled in Jesus (Mt 1:23). God’s Kingdom is fully present and active in the lives of his People, if they allow God to take control of their lives (Mt 4: 17) 페도라 13. Jesus himself promises that he will be wherever two or three people are gathered in his name (Mt 18:20).

In times of suffering and chaos, even good Christians can have the feeling that God is no longer with them, that he has abandoned them 바람의나라 연 다운로드. There may be even moments when we are disappointed with the Church and think that God is no longer with it. Even Jesus himself felt abandoned by his Father ie10 64 bit 다운로드. Yet, his promise will always hold true. In times of chaos and confusion, Jesus will lead his faithful disciples deeper into the truth.

What are the signs of the presence and action of God in our midst today Download the Japanese flag?

Live hope!!!


ASCENSION OF THE LORD


***Adapted from “Bible Study and Sharing on the GOSPEL OF MATTHEW for Christian Communities SUNDAYS OF THE YEAR A” by Richard Baawobr MAfr

We pray for the people of Mali


Sunday Readings

First ReadingActs 1:1-11

“As they were looking on, he was lifted up.”

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

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 baptised with water, but before many days you shall be baptised 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 end of the earth.” And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 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.”

The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 47

God has gone up with shouts of joy. The Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, the great king over all the earth. R.

God has gone up with shouts of joy. The Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

God goes up with shouts of joy. The Lord goes up with trumpet blast. Sing praise for God; sing praise! Sing praise to our king; sing praise! R.

God has gone up with shouts of joy. The Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

God is king of all the earth. Sing praise with all your skill. God reigns over the nations. God sits upon his holy throne.R.

God has gone up with shouts of joy. The Lord goes up with trumpet blast.







SECOND READING Ephesians 1:17-23
“He made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places.”
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

Brethren: May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe, according to the working of his great might which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead and made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come; and he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the Church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

The word of the Lord.

Alleluia. Go and make disciples of all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, to the close of the age.Alleluia.    
 
GOSPEL READING Matthew 28:16-20

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

The conclusion of the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time: 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, baptising 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 behold, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

The Gospel of the Lord.



 

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