For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. –Hebrews 4:12

Every Sunday, you hear words that could radically change your life and transform your heart. In your home – probably high atop some dusty shelf – there is a book that can upend your entire world. It’s a book that can literally change the direction of your life.

These are not ordinary words written on pages; this is the Word of God. This word is powerful, effective, and life-giving.

Have you let it transform you?

God wants to transform your heart every day, but He especially wants to transform it when you encounter Him at Mass. We receive Jesus in the Eucharist, but our hearts are prepared for this great gift through readings from Sacred Scripture. Too often we let this time at Mass pass us by while we daydream about donuts or sit and wonder if the lector is mispronouncing the names of these ancient people and cities.

But what if we engaged the Word of God rather than passively “absorbing” it? How much more could the Eucharist impact us and how much more committed would we be with disciples?

We want you to be the best disciple you can be.

Dive into the readings every Sunday and let God unleash incredible grace upon you with Ascend: A Companion to the Sunday Mass readings.

This incredible resource includes the scripture citation for every Sunday in the liturgical year, a brief study and reflection on the key themes, interesting facts about scripture, and deeper insights into the Word of God.

Reflect on how the Word of God is impacting you through journal questions and challenges each week. Take the Word you’ve heard proclaimed into the week with you by living as a disciple in the six days that follow Sunday mass.

Ascend is great for individuals and groups and works with all ages. Whether you want to deepen your personal prayer life or study scripture with a small group, Ascend is a vital resource to getting the most out of the Sunday readings.

If you subscribe to Life Teen resources, pair Ascend with our Summit Lectionary Discipleship group to help small groups go further into the Sacred Word of God.