Ascend - Cycle C
THE WORD OF GOD IS… WAIT, ARE YOU SLEEPING?
It is a warm, summer Sunday morning. The priest asks the congregation to be seated and Phyllis approaches the ambo to proclaim the Word of God. Your eyes get heavy. You think about how late you stayed up playing video games last night. “It would be easier to pay attention if this part of Mass weren’t so boring…” you say as your eyes start to close. Suddenly, an angel appears to you and says simply:
“The Word of God isn’t boring…you are.”
Startled, you wake up to find a copy of Ascend sitting on your lap. You flip through the pages and realize that there was a lot going on in the readings you hear at Mass every week. You read Ascend each week to prepare for Mass and gain incredible insight through the “Behind the Scenes” and “Word Play” section. The weekly journal and reflection questions challenge you to dive deeper into God’s Word. Suddenly, you can’t wait for the Liturgy of the Word to start. You hear God’s voice speaking to you with every word Phyllis proclaims and your life is never the same. Stop sleeping through the Word of God. He has something He wants to say to you.
Who Needs It
Any Catholic that wants to hear God’s voice more clearly through the Sunday readings must have a copy of this book on his or her coffee table (or night stand, desk, or that odd looking piece of modern art that looks like a table but really isn’t but it has a flat surface so you put stuff there, anyway).
Using This Book
This book is great for personal, group, or family use. Here are some great ways to get the most out of Ascend:
- Read with your family, then discuss the questions and readings on the way to or from the liturgy.
- Use Ascend with your small group (this works especially well if you are also using Life Teen’s Summit small group resource)
- Homily preparation
- Pray through Ascend with a friend or accountability partner
- Personal weekly devotional
- Confirmation gift
- Fall retreat gift