Saturday, May 7, 2011

Daily Readings May 29-June 4, 2011

Daily Lectionary

May 29 Numbers 3:1-16, 39-48; Luke 14:25-15:10
May 30 Numbers 8:5-26; Luke 15:11-32
May 31 Numbers 9:1-23; Luke 16:1-18
June 1 Numbers 10:11-36; Luke 16:19-31
Ascension Day Numbers 11:1-23, 31-35; Luke 17:1-19
June 3 Numbers 11:24-29; 12:1-16; Luke 17:20-37
June 4 Looking Ahead to Sunday 2 Kings 2:5–15; Acts 1:1–11; Mark 16:14–20

2 Kings 2:5–15; Acts 1:1–11; Mark 16:14–20

Jesus Is Ascended, but Not Absent
On the fortieth 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), 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 the 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.

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