The Gospel on Sunday – in England and Wales, Ascension Sunday – comes from the Gospel of Luke
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘You see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.
‘And now I am sending down to you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.’
Then he took them out as far as the outskirts of Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. Now as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven. They worshipped him and then went back to Jerusalem full of joy; and they were continually in the Temple praising God.
The Gospel of Luke ends almost as it began, in the Temple of Jerusalem. In Chapter One of the Gospel Israel represented by the barren priestly family of Zechariah and Elizabeth. In Chapter 24 it is fishermen and tax-collectors who inhabit the Temple of God. A new fulfilment has come to Israel, and Israel will not be the same again…
And in the days that follow, when the fulness of the Spirit comes, the disciples will venture out of the city into the rest of the world, and the world will never be the same again…
Joyful Mysteries. Vatican. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.