Daily Reading: 01 July – The Cross of Christ: The Ascension – Acts 1:1-11

Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

E100:14.e – The Cross of Christ

The Ascension – Acts 1:1-11 (NLT)

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

1 In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. 3 During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.

4 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

The Ascension of Jesus

Ascension (Life of Christ) Giotto, ca. 1300 Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua
Ascension (Life of Christ)
Giotto, ca. 1300
Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua

6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?”

7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. 10 As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

Prayer for a New Great Awakening

Gracious and merciful God, we pray that through the Holy Spirit all Christians may hear the call of Revival and seek a deeper relationship with your Son, Jesus. Specifically, we pray –

  • That this Revival will renew your church, inspiring Christians to “go forth and make disciples of all nations” and transform society through the power of the Gospel.
  • That Christians may heed the words of Christ — “do not be afraid” — and strengthened by the Holy Spirit’s gift of courage, give witness to the Gospel and share our faith with others.
  • That Christians may become like the father of the prodigal son — filled with compassion for our missing brothers and sisters — and run to embrace them upon their return.
  • That all people yearning to know Christ may encounter him through faithful Christians who witness to his love in their lives.

Loving God, our Father, strengthen us to become witnesses to the saving grace of your Son, Jesus, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Revival” – Robin Mark

Closing Sentence

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!