First Reading: From the Book of Acts 1:1-11
Vrs1 In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning
Vrs2 until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven.
Vrs3 He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God.
Vrs4 While at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’, he had said, ‘what you have heard me speak about:
Vrs5 John baptised with water but, not many days from now, you are going to be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’
Vrs6 Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come for you to restore the kingdom to Israel?’
Vrs7 He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority,
Vrs8 but you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which will come on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to earth’s remotest end.’
Vrs9 As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight.
Vrs10 They were still staring into the sky as he went, when suddenly two men in white were standing beside them,
Vrs11 and they said, ‘Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way as you have seen him go to heaven.’
Responsorial Psalm: From Psalms 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Vrs2 For Yahweh, the Most High, is glorious, the great king over all the earth.
Vrs3 He brings peoples under our yoke and nations under our feet.
Vrs6 Let the music sound for our God, let it sound, let the music sound for our king, let it sound.
Vrs7 For he is king of the whole world; learn the music, let it sound for God!
Vrs8 God reigns over the nations, seated on his holy throne.
Vrs9 The leaders of the nations rally to the people of the God of Abraham. The shields of the earth belong to God, who is exalted on high.
Gospel: According to the Gospel Account of Saint Luke 24:46-53
Vrs46 and he said to them, ‘So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,
Vrs47 and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Vrs48 You are witnesses to this.
Vrs49 ‘And now I am sending upon you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city, then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.’
Vrs50 Then he took them out as far as the outskirts of Bethany, and raising his hands he blessed them.
Vrs51 Now as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven.
Vrs52 They worshipped him and then went back to Jerusalem full of joy;
Vrs53 and they were continually in the Temple praising God.
Second Reading: From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 1:17-23
Vrs17 May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him.
Vrs18 May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, how rich is the glory of the heritage he offers among his holy people,
Vrs19 and how extraordinarily great is the power that he has exercised for us believers; this accords with thestrength of his power
Vrs20 at work in Christ, the power which he exercised in raising him from the dead and enthroning him at hisright hand, in heaven,
Vrs21 far above every principality, ruling force, power or sovereignty, or any other name that can be named, not only in this age but also in the age to come.
Vrs22 He has put all things under his feet, and made him, as he is above all things, the head of the Church;
Vrs23 which is his Body, the fullness of him who is filled, all in all.