First Reading: Acts 1: 1-11
Psalm Psalm 47: 2-3, 6-7, 9
Second Reading: Ephesians 1: 17-23
Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if you were already there,
and I unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.


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A pair of ducks found their way to the same little corner of the property year after year. Sheltered by a little grove of trees, they quickly made their preparations to build a nest, lay eggs, and welcome in a new family. Then one year, only one of the ducks came to that little corner. She went about the business of building a nest, but this time, she was clearly unsettled. She would wander around, sometimes seemingly without purpose, almost hoping perhaps that her mate might come along. But, she remained alone. There were many times when we could hear her “crying”, mourning her loneliness and lack of purpose, sitting on a batch of eggs that would never hatch. One day, she quietly left that little corner never to return again.


Many human beings approach life this way. We silently grieve our loneliness, lack of direction, and sense of purpose. Maybe life once had meaning for us, but nothing seems to claim us and settle our restlessness any longer. We wander around looking and hoping for someone or something to come our way. We may even sob at times, wailing as we sit with the misery of our pain. Will happiness ever come our way again? Or will we simply leave where we are never to return again? Many are lost, wandering souls who are not quite sure where to settle or where to make a home.


We are meant to be in Christ. This glorious feast of the Ascension shows us, with clear vision, who Jesus really is! Understanding ourselves in Christ really changes things up and reorients us to our greater purpose, mission, and meaning. We are part of the cosmic wonder of creation and part of a bigger plan and mystery, destined to be much more than what we now know ourselves to be. Could Jesus’ friends know who he would become? If we can find the Christ present within and see the Christ bursting forth in all creation and beyond, then we can come to know our truth and understand where our home and life is meant to be.


Advancing upon the blessing of each new day with the certain knowledge that you are an unconditionally loved child of God gives you the axis and the safe harbor to cope with whatever comes your way. The gift of joy will be yours, and you can discover your true meaning and purpose. Look within, look without, look above, and look below. You are not alone. Trust that God will lead you where you need to be and transform you into who you really are.





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Grab your bible and look up the readings. You can scroll up to find the readings for today.


When Jesus ascended into heaven, he told the
apostles to wait on the Holy Spirit to come upon them. They stayed and prayed for 9 days until
Pentecost Sunday, making the first novena. A
novena is a prayer prayed for 9 days and the
concept is based on this event. The ascension of Jesus is the 2nd glorious mystery of the rosary!

  • As a household, pray the 2nd glorious mystery of the rosary togethe

  • Say out loud: “the second glorious mystery, the Ascension of our Lord into heaven” and then pray the Our Father once and then 10 Hail Marys while meditating on the mystery.

  • End your prayer with one Glory Be.


Discussion questions for the 2nd glorious mystery the Ascension: After spending 40 days with his disciples, Jesus ascended body and soul into heaven. Jesus did exactly what he said he would do.

  • He was a man of his word. Why do we ignore and doubt his words so often?

  • He said he would return one day. Do you ever think about it?

  • Imagine if he came today. Are you ready? Would you recognize him?


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Ascension of Jesus Prayer

Oh, what an amazing blessing it must have been for the disciples and Mary Magdalene to walk with Jesus once again. Rejoice in his Resurrection. But, oh, what sadness must have followed when Jesus’ work on earth was done. Despite the glory of his Ascension into heaven, was Mary again to lose her son? With open hearts, full of faith, they were nurtured by his promise. The words of Jesus about the Holy Spirit kept them strong and brought them calmness. ©Loyola Press

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