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Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection: 13 May 2021 - The Ascension Of The Lord (Feast Day)

Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection (Homily Message): 13 May 2021 - The Ascension Of The Lord (Feast Day)

Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection: 13 May 2021 - The Ascension Of The Lord (Feast Day)

Mass Readings, Reflection - Homily for Thursday May 13, 2021

The Ascension of the Lord (Holy Day of Obligation)

Vestment: White
Today’s Rosary: The Luminous Mysteries
Tomorrow is the 33rd Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Most Revd Camilus Etokudoh of Port-Harcourt, 14th May, 1988.
Tomorrow is the 24nd Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Most Revd John Afareha of Warri, 14th May, 1997

THE START OF THE CHURCH’S JOURNEY. The first reading and the gospel carry the main message: the Ascension does not mean that Jesus has gone from us. The gospel writers want to tell us that after the resurrection of Jesus the Church began a long journey always in the company of its Master, though he was no longer visibly present. After Easter the Church, now fully grown, is no longer always looking up to heaven. The second reading completes the message and reminds us that the Christian vision of the world is not limited by the boundaries of this life.

Kindly join us as we embark on a 9-day Novena with fasting and prayers to the Holy Spirit in Preparation for Pentecost from Friday May 14th to Saturday May 22nd

“As they were looking on, he was lifted up. ”
The beginning of the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:1-11)

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 Psalm 47:2-3.6-7.8-9 (R. 6)

R/. God has gone up with shouts of joy.
The Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Or: Alleluia.

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

“The measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians (Ephesians 4:1-13)

*Brethren: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to walk in a manner worthy for the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all the and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.*

Therefore, it is said, “When he ascended on high the led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” (In saying, “He ascended.” What does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended for above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)

*And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the equipment of the saints, for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

The word of the Lord*
Shorter form: Ephesians 4:1-7,11-13. Read between*

ALLELUIA Matthew 28:19a, 20b
Alleluia. Go and make disciples of all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, to the close of the age. Alleluia.

“He was taken up to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

At that time: (Jesus appearing to the Eleven) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the sign that attended it. Amen.

The Gospel of the Lord

Today’s Reflection

Forty days after His glorious resurrection from the dead, the Lord Jesus, conqueror of sin and death, ascended to heaven in triumph. On this solemnity the Church commemorates the first and irreversible entry of humanity into divine glory, when Jesus takes His human nature, which is inseparable from His divine nature, into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. “Jesus ascends not to distance Himself from us, but to draw us to Himself. He is the first fruit from the dead and the only way to heaven. This reality illustrates the fact that we who have truly followed Christ and live by His standards will enter into the beatific vision with glorified bodies at the final resurrection. May Jesus, who has gone to prepare a place for us, send us power from on high!

Blessing for the new week

A very good morning to you my dearest friend. I hope your night was cool and you are ready to conquer this new week. May God lead you as you begins this new week and may His presence and glory shield you from every harm.

As God promised Jacob that he will go with him and not to leave him, I pray that he shall lead you to where you will find favour and pasture and your coming back to your home shall be in Joy and with lots of testimony. May the heavenly dew fall upon the labour of our hands so that it shall blossom and flourish super – abundantly.

Just maintain your stand before God in adoration and he will make everything well for you. Go out with faith, put in your best and let God surprise you with His blessings

Let the place of your encounter with God be the cancel of your blessings may God be with you and help you to conquer the challenges that his week will bring. Have a wonderful week ahead. Amen.

Meditation: Genesis 28:1-22 / Psalm 91

Personal Devotional: Day 13 May Devotion

If we cannot pray, then, we are not true children of our Father in heaven who has taught us through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ that prayer is the key.

As Jesus prayed to the Father for His disciples, so is our Mother Mary helping us with her maternal intercession before her Son and she has also taught us to pray the Rosary always. Learn from her not to joke with your prayer life and you will definitely receive God's blessings in abundance when you do.

Meditation: John 17:11-19

Heavenly Father, pour out the Spirit of prayer upon me. May I be ready at all times to go on my knees and call upon your name for my needs and for the needs of others just as our Mother Mary does on a daily basis. Amen. And May the Almighty God bless you: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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