Thursday, May 13, 2021
The readings for the The Ascension of the Lord for Year B encourage us to being open to the Holy Spirit and willing to spread the Good News. The first reading (Acts 1:1-11) tells Jesus’ ascent into heaven and his promise to send the Holy Spirit. The psalm (Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9) sings “God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.” The second reading (Ephesians 1:17-23) asks for the Holy Spirit to come to us so we can declare the kingship of Jesus Christ. The alternate second reading (Ephesians 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13) encourages us to remain united in the Holy Spirit. And in the gospel (Mark 16:15-20) Jesus gives us the Great Commission, to go and spread the gospel.
Discussion topics for this week could include evangelization, the Holy Spirit, and transitions. Here are some ideas: