Seventh Sunday of Easter/Ascension Day (observed) FIRST READING

FIRST READING Acts 1:1-11

1In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus
began to do and teach, 2until the day when he was taken up, after
he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles
whom he had chosen. 3To them he presented himself alive after his
suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and
speaking about the kingdom of God.

4And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from
Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said,
“you heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be
baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you
at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He said to them, “It is
not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by
his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit
has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and
in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9And when
he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up,
and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10And while they were
gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in
white robes, 11and 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.”

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.