The Weekend of June 1-2
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Paul joins us for our celebration of the Ascension of the Lord!
In the Readings
First Reading Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11
In the First Reading, Jesus has appeared to His apostles during forty days while speaking to them about the kingdom of God. He tells them that in a few days they will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. When they ask if this means God’s kingdom is at hand, He tells them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses.” After He says this, Jesus is lifted up, and a cloud takes Him from their sight. While the apostles continue to look at the sky, two men appear and say, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen Him going into heaven.”
Second Reading Ephesians 1:17-23
In the Second Reading, Paul prays that God will give us a Spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of Him. Paul prays that the eyes of our hearts are enlightened that we may know the hope that belongs to God’s call, the riches of glory in His inheritance, and the greatness of His power for us who believe in Him and what He has done for us through Jesus. God raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavens, far above any power or dominion of this earth in this age and the one to come. God put all things beneath Christ’s feet and game Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body.
Gospel Luke 24:46-53
In the Gospel, Jesus tells His disciples, “This it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in His name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of My Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Then Jesus leads them out to Bethany, raises His hands, and blesses the disciples. As He blesses them, He parts from them and is taken up to heaven. The disciples do Jesus homage and return to Jerusalem with great joy. They continually praise God in the temple.
Blessing for Graduates
There will be a special blessing for all graduates following the homily at all Masses this weekend.
Have you heard of the Butterfly Effect? It’s the idea that even the tiniest of actions, like the flap of a butterfly’s wing, can make huge differences in the world. During Lent, we were renewed by the Holy Spirit much like a caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly. Now it’s time for us to “flap our wings” and change the lives of others. Join us this Easter as we learn to follow the Spirit and help the world be Transformed!
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