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The Ascension of the Lord

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Lesson Overview

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage, Jesus gathers His disciples for His final command before ascending into Heaven 鈥 preach the Gospel to the world. This command becomes the mission of the Church. In this lesson, students contemplate Jesus鈥 command by reflecting on sacred art.

Lesson Materials


  1. Have students read the Gospel passage, or read it aloud to your students, and then answer the focus questions. You may have students answer them on their own or you may discuss them together as a class.
  2. Review and discuss the correct answers when finished.
  3. Have your students read about what the Church teaches about evangelization from The Mission of the Church: Our Mission. Then have students reflect on their own personal witness of Jesus using the My Personal Witness worksheet.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. They worshipped but doubted.
  2. He tells them that all power on Heaven and Earth had been given to Him.
  3. He tells them to go and make disciples of all nations, to baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, and to teach them to observe all that He has commanded.
  4. Accept reasoned answers. Jesus remains with us until the end of time, when He will come again in Judgment. He is with us in His Church, in the Sacraments, in the power of the Holy Spirit, etc.

The Mission of Our Church & My Personal Witness

Accept reasoned answers.

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