Bem-aventurados os mansos, porque eles herdarão a terra; Bem-aventurados os que têm fome e sede de justiça, porque eles serão fartos; Bem-aventurados os misericordiosos, porque eles alcançarão misericórdia; Bem-aventurados os limpos de coração, porque eles verão a Deus; Bem-aventurados os pacificadores, porque eles serão chamados filhos de Deus; Bem-aventurados os que sofrem perseguição por causa da justiça, porque deles é o reino dos céus; Bem-aventurados sois vós, quando vos injuriarem e perseguirem e, mentindo, disserem todo o mal contra vós por minha causa.(Mt.5)

sábado, 11 de maio de 2024

Men of Galilee, why do you stand here, looking up at the sky? This Jesus will come in the same way as you saw him go to heaven, hallelujah (Acts 1:11).

We acclaim the Lord for his Ascension, his return to the Father's fellowship. Sitting at the right hand of God, Jesus continues to watch over humanity. So that we, his followers, have consistency in our testimony, He promises us to send the Holy Spirit. Today the Church reaffirms its commitment to proclaiming the Gospel, also using the most modern means to promote fully human communication. Let us celebrate this Eucharist in communion with all mothers, on this day dedicated to them.

First Reading: Acts 1:1-11

Before returning to the Father's house, Jesus completes his mission and invites his followers to continue the work he began. Let us listen carefully to the Word of God.

Reading from the Acts of the Apostles – 1In my first book, O Theophilus, I have already dealt with everything that Jesus did and taught, from the beginning 2until the day he was taken to heaven, after having given instructions, through the Holy Spirit, to the apostles he had chosen. 3It was to them that Jesus showed himself alive after his passion, with numerous proofs. For forty days he appeared to them speaking about the Kingdom of God. 4During a meal, he gave them this order: “Do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard me speak, to be fulfilled: 5‘John baptized with water; but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit within a few days'.” 6Then those who were gathered asked Jesus, “Lord, are you now going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know the times and moments that the Father has determined by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you to be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” 9After saying this, Jesus was taken up to heaven in their sight. A cloud covered him, so that their eyes could no longer see him. 10The apostles continued to look up to heaven as Jesus went up. Then two men dressed in white appeared, 11who said to them, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here and look up at the sky? This Jesus, who was taken to heaven from you, will come in the same way as you saw him go to heaven.” - Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: 46(47)

Amidst acclamations God rose, / the Lord rose at the sound of the trumpet!

1. All people of the universe, clap your hands, / shout joyful acclamations to God! / For the Lord is sublime, the most high God, / the sovereign who dominates the whole earth. – R.

2. Amidst acclamations God rose, / the Lord ascended at the sound of the trumpet. / Sing to our God with the sound of the harp, / Sing, with the sound of the harp, to our king! – R.

3. Because God is the great king of all the earth, / accompany his praises to the sound of the harp! / God reigns over all nations, / he is seated on his glorious throne. – R.

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23

Reading of Saint Paul's letter to the Ephesians - Brothers, 17the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father to whom glory belongs, give you a spirit of wisdom that reveals Him to you and makes Him truly known. 18May he open your hearts to his light, so that you may know what hope his calling gives you, what the riches of glory are in your inheritance with the saints, 19and what immense power he exercised on behalf of us who believe, according to his omnipotent action and strength. 20He manifested his strength in Christ, when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavens, 21far above all authority, power, power, sovereignty, or any title that can be named, not only in this world, but also in the future world. 22Yes, he put everything under his feet and made him, who is above all, the head of the Church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who possesses the universal fullness. - Word of the Lord.

Gospel: Mark 16,15-20

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.

Go into the world, teach all peoples; / I will be with you, every day, / until the end of time, says Jesus (Mt 28,19s). – R.

Conclusion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Mark – At that time, Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples 15 and said to them: “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature! 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. Whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17The signs that will accompany those who believe will be these: they will cast out demons in my name, they will speak in new languages; 18If they pick up snakes or drink deadly poison, it will not harm them; When they lay hands on the sick, they will recover.” 19After speaking with the disciples, the Lord Jesus was taken up to heaven and sat at the right hand of God. 20The disciples then went out and preached everywhere. The Lord helped them and confirmed his word with signs.

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