Daily Bible ReadingsSixth Sunday of Easter Numbers 3:1–16, 39–48; Luke 14:25—15:10; Numbers 4:1—8:4
May 10 Numbers 8:5–26; Luke 15:11–32
May 11 Numbers 9:1–23; Luke 16:1–18
May 12 Numbers 10:11–36; Luke 16:19–31
Ascension Day Numbers 11:1–23, 31–35; Luke 17:1–19
May 14 Numbers 11:24–29; 12:1–16; Luke 17:20–37
May 15 Numbers 13:1–3, 17–33; Luke 18:1–17
THE ASCENSION OF OUR Lord
On the 40th day after His resurrection, our Lord ascended to the right hand of the Father. But although Jesus is hidden from your eyes, He is not absent from you. For He now fills all things in heaven and on earth. He continues “to do and to teach,” (Acts 1:1–11) preaching repentance and forgiveness of sins through those sent in His name, (Mark 16:14–20; Luke 24:44–53) giving you His true body and blood in the Supper. Jesus is your great Elijah who pours out on you a double portion of His Spirit in the Word and the Sacraments. (2 Kings 2:5–15) He is Lord over all things for the sake of the church. He whom heaven cannot contain has raised your human nature to share fully in the glory of God. You who believe and are baptized into Christ’s body are already sitting in heavenly places; for you are in Him who is at the Father’s right hand. When He comes again in the clouds on the Last Day, you also will appear with Him in glory.
Grant, we implore You, almighty God, that just as we believe Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to have ascended into the heavens, so may we also in heart and mind to heaven ascend, and continually dwell with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Old Testament: 2 Kings 2:5–15 [Elijah taken up into Heaven]
Epistle: Acts 1:1–11 [Jesus’ Ascension]
Holy Gospel: Mark 16:14–20 [Preach in My Name]