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Ascension Sunday

1st Reading: Acts 1:1­11
Resp. Psalm Psalm 47:2­3, 6­7, 8­9
2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17­23
Gospel: Mark 16:15­20

Now the disciples will be sent forth: with Jesus's ascent into Heaven and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they will be able to carry forth the Great Commission baptizing everyone who wills it and preaching the Gospel.

Jesus never told them to be successes or to convince people. All they had to do was what Jesus said. The Holy Spirit will do the convincing and convicting. The disciples will reap what has been sown by the preaching of the Scriptures. This is still happening today. Very soon all the ends of the Earth will have heard the Scriptures.

When we hear the Scriptures, it causes us to respond, for or against. May we accept the grace of God to always say yes.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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