EASTER SEASON

Sunday, May 24

 

All you peoples clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness.

 

Psalm 47

 

Reading Matthew 28:16–20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshipped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

 

Reflection

The solemnity of the Ascension can be understood as the end of the earthly ministry of Jesus and the beginning of the community of believers that we know as the Church. The description of Jesus’ return to the Father, in the first reading from Acts and in the Gospel, is set in the company of the disciples. Jesus’ instruction to the disciples today is to continue his work and his teachings to all nations. This divine mission continues to this day. We too are the messengers of that mandate. We are not alone in this work. Jesus assures us that he is with us always, “until the end of the age.”

 

Prayers 

With Easter joy, we pray: ◆ Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

That leaders of nations put an end to religious persecutions, we pray to the Lord: ◆

That those who spread the Gospel in their missionary ministries be courageous, we pray to the Lord: ◆

That those who were baptized in this Easter season always be faithful to the Gospel, we pray to the Lord: ◆

For baptismal preparation teams, that they find fulfillment in their ministry, we pray to the Lord: ◆

 

Our Father . . .

 

Almighty and eternal God, you have received the Risen Lord into your eternal glory. Grant that we who are called to continue his mission in this world may be faithful to his commands and come one day to share in that same glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

† All you peoples clap your hands, shout to God with cries of gladness

 

  Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Psalm 47

God is king of all the earth.

All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.

God is king of all the earth.

For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.

God is king of all the earth.

The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.

God is king of all the earth.

 
 

 
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40 Devotions for the Easter Season

Monday, May 25

 

† I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord.

 

Psalm 27 

 

Reading Acts 19:1–7

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior of the country and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” He said, “How were you baptized?” They replied, “With the baptism of John.” Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Altogether there were about twelve men.

 

Reflection

Paul continues his ministry throughout the region and evangelizes among those who have been baptized by John the Baptist. Although they have heard of Jesus, they have not yet been confirmed in their faith; Paul invokes the Holy Spirit to come upon them that they might be true disciples of the Risen Lord. This action of Paul is often regarded as laying the foundation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, a later development in the life of the Church. The gift of the Holy Spirit impels us to put our faith into action by bearing witness to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

 

Prayers

Trusting in your love, O God, we pray: ◆ Gracious Lord, hear our prayer.

For the newly baptized, that they remain strong in their faith, we pray: ◆

For those who are beginning their journey of faith, that they find welcome in our midst, we pray: ◆

For sponsors and those who are spiritual companions, that they be filled with the Spirit, we pray: ◆

For all the baptized, that they be joyful disciples, we pray: ◆

 

Our Father . . .

 

Eternal God, let the power of your Holy Spirit fill our hearts and minds that we might be faithful witnesses of your abiding love and worthy bearers of your tender mercy to all those who seek your presence. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

† I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord.

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