Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1st Peter 4:12-17, 5:6-11
St. John 17:1-11
Prayer of the Day
O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
1.6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
The Acts of the Apostles 1:6-14, New Revised Standard Version Bible (C)1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
You Will Be My Witnesses
It was a roller-coaster ride for the disciples of Jesus. Early on he seemed to be a wise and insightful rabbi. Eventually the miracles and healings reveal him to be far more than this. Towards the end, they begin to suspect that he is actually the Messiah: the Christ of God. Holy Week, and his humiliating death on a cross between two criminals, are experiences that crush their hopes. But come Sunday morning, in an unexpected turn of events, it is reported that he has come back to life. Eventually he is standing in front of them, raised from the dead, and poised to fulfill his role as the restorer of God’s kingdom. They are ecstatic with anticipation. Perhaps he is the Messiah. Perhaps God has sent him to institute a new order on earth. Perhaps they have been fortunately born: present on earth at the exact time when the Messiah comes to the people of God who have been waiting for so many years. (more…)