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Seventh Sunday of Easter C
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
May 12, 2013

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

Ascension of the Lord.

7th Sunday of Easter

The Word Engaged

Kavanaugh, S. J.

7th Sunday of Easter:

Stephen Martyr

The figure of St. Stephen, the first martyr, emerges in the Easter season just as it does in the days after Christmas. I wonder if there is some kind of ironic warning here.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

7th Sunday of Easter:

Unity of Believers

Unity is a gift that flows down from the Father and Son to believers. It is precisely the organic and vital unity of the Father and Son that Jesus wants to communicate to believers.


Thoughts from the
Early Church

Cyril of Alexandria

Ascension of the Lord
To Christ as the Son by nature belongs the prerogative of sitting at the Father’s side.

7th Sunday of Easter
The only Son shines out from the very substance of the Father and possesses the Father completely in his own nature.


Preparing for Sunday

Gillick, S. J.


We so long for completion. There we all were in the entrance of this beautiful church still learning about the gift of longing, desiring, hoping, and of course faith.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Ascension of the Lord.
Unlike most partings, it leaves the disciples rejoicing
—precisely because Jesus leaves them with his blessing. Such is the outcome and conclusion of his earthly ministry.

7th Sunday of Easter

There is a future destiny for the Church: “That they may be with me where I am, to behold my glory.”