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Today’s reading is part of the introduction to the narrative of the outpouring of the
Spirit on Pentecost. These verses tell of the risen Lord’s conversation with his
disciples on the eve of his ascension, in which he promises that they will receive the
power of the Holy Spirit.
Praise and Thanksgiving
Our faith in Christ does not make us immune from the scorn of others.
Nevertheless, we are to resist the designs of evil when we experience
disparagement from others because we trust God’s grace will strengthen and guide
On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus prays to his heavenly Father, asking that
those who continue his work in this world will live in unity.