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Day 322 – The Ascension


Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read about Luke speaks about Jesus’ ascension. The apostles ask Jesus if he will “restore the kingdom to Israel.” He answers say it is not for them to know the times and seasons of God’s plan. He further tells them they will be the ones to restore the kingdom.

Jesus tells them the Holy Spirit will come upon them in power. The word he used in greek was dunamis which translated is dynamite. The Holy Spirt that Jesus was referring to was powerful kind of dynamite.

When St. Paul writes the letter to the Romans, he has not been to Rome. He wants to visit and help them as well as be sustained and encouraged by them. When we turn away from God, there are no boundaries to the eval we can devise and choose. We need to have faith. We should know that some things should not be done, but we need faith to reinforce not committing sins.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

Acts 1

1 In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning

2 until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven.

3 He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God.

4 While at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’, he had said, ‘what you have heard me speak about:

5 John baptised with water but, not many days from now, you are going to be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’

6 Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come for you to restore the kingdom to Israel?’

7 He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority,

8 but you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit which will come on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to earth’s remotest end.’

9 As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight.

10 They were still staring into the sky as he went, when suddenly two men in white were standing beside them,

11 and they said, ‘Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven willcome back in the same way as you have seen him go to heaven.’

12 So from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a Sabbath walk;

13 and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude son of James.

14 With one heart all these joined constantly in prayer, together with some women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

15 One day Peter stood up to speak to the brothers — there were about a hundred and twenty people in the congregation,

16 ‘Brothers,’ he said, ‘the passage of scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit, speaking through David, foretells the fate of Judas, who acted as guide to the men who arrested Jesus-

17 after being one of our number and sharing our ministry.

18 As you know, he bought a plot of land with the money he was paid for his crime. He fell headlong and burst open, and all his entrails poured out.

19 Everybody in Jerusalem heard about it and the plot came to be called “Bloody Acre”, in their language Hakeldama.

20 Now in the Book of Psalms it says: Reduce his encampment to ruin and leave his tent unoccupied. And again: Let someone else take over his office.

21 ‘Out of the men who have been with us the whole time that the Lord Jesus was living with us,

22 from the time when John was baptising until the day when he was taken up from us, one must be appointed to serve with us as a witness to his resurrection.’

23 Having nominated two candidates, Joseph known as Barsabbas, whose surname was Justus, and Matthias,

24 they prayed, ‘Lord, you can read everyone’s heart; show us therefore which of these two you have chosen

25 to take over this ministry and apostolate, which Judas abandoned to go to his proper place.’

26 They then drew lots for them, and as the lot fell to Matthias, he was listed as one of the twelve apostles.

Romans 1

1 From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle,

2 set apart for the service of the gospel that God promised long ago through his prophets in the holy scriptures.

3 This is the gospel concerning his Son who, in terms of human nature

4 was born a descendant of David and who, in terms of the Spirit and of holiness, was designated Son of God in power by resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ, our Lord,

5 through whom we have received grace and our apostolic mission of winning the obedience of faith among all the nations for the honour of his name.

6 You are among these, and by his call you belong to Jesus Christ.

7 To you all, God’s beloved in Rome, called to be his holy people. Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

8 First I give thanks to my God through Jesus Christ for all of you because your faith is talked of all over the world.

9 God, whom I serve with my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness that I continually mention you in my prayers,

10 asking always that by some means I may at long last be enabled to visit you, if it is God’s will.

11 For I am longing to see you so that I can convey to you some spiritual gift that will be a lasting strength,

12 or rather that we may be strengthened together through our mutual faith, yours and mine.

13 I want you to be quite certain too, brothers, that I have often planned to visit you — though up to the present I have always been prevented — in the hope that I might work as fruitfully among you as I have among the gentiles elsewhere.

14 I have an obligation to Greeks as well as barbarians, to the educated as well as the ignorant,

15 and hence the eagerness on my part to preach the gospel to you in Rome too.

16 For I see no reason to be ashamed of the gospel; it is God’s power for the salvation of everyone who has faith — Jews first, but Greeks as well-

17 for in it is revealed the saving justice of God: a justice based on faith and addressed to faith. As it says in scripture: Anyone who is upright through faith will live.

18 The retribution of God from heaven is being revealed against the ungodliness and injustice of human beings who in their injustice hold back the truth.

19 For what can be known about God is perfectly plain to them, since God has made it plain to them:

20 ever since the creation of the world, the invisible existence of God and his everlasting power have been clearly seen by the mind’s understanding of created things. And so these people have no excuse:

21 they knew God and yet they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but their arguments became futile and their uncomprehending minds were darkened.

22 While they claimed to be wise, in fact they were growing so stupid

23 that they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an imitation, for the image of a mortal human being, or of birds, or animals, or crawling things.

24 That is why God abandoned them in their inmost cravings to filthy practices of dishonouring their own bodies-

25 because they exchanged God’s truth for a lie and have worshipped and served the creature instead of the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 That is why God abandoned them to degrading passions:

27 why their women have exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural practices; and the men, in a similar fashion, too, giving up normal relations with women, are consumed with passion for each other, men doing shameful things with men and receiving in themselves due reward for their perversion.

28 In other words, since they would not consent to acknowledge God, God abandoned them to their unacceptable thoughts and indecent behaviour.

29 And so now they are steeped in all sorts of injustice, rottenness, greed and malice; full of envy, murder, wrangling, treachery and spite,

30 libellers, slanderers, enemies of God, rude, arrogant and boastful, enterprising in evil, rebellious to parents,

31 without brains, honour, love or pity.

32 They are well aware of God’s ordinance: that those who behave like this deserve to die — yet they not only do it, but even applaud others who do the same.

Proverbs 25:24-26

24 Better the corner of a roof to live on than a house shared with a quarrelsome woman.

25 Cold water to a thirsty throat; such is good news from a distant land.

26 A churned — up spring, a fountain fouled; such is the upright person trembling before the wicked.


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