The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord should not be considered as a celebration of sadness or abandonment but as a new way Jesus makes himself present in the world and among his disciples. It marks to mark the destination of all of us, with God in heaven.
Jesus had promised to his disciples and to us that he would remain with us until the end of the ages. Even though he ascended to his father in soul and body, he remains with us in the Eucharist, in the church, in those in need, and in us. He, as he promised doesn’t leave us orphans.
After the Ascension, the invisible presence of Jesus was manifested. He continues to be present in this world through the apostles: The Church does not carry out the role of preparing for the return of an “absent” Jesus, but, on the contrary, lives and works to proclaim his “glorious presence” in a historical and existential way. Since the day of the Ascension, every Christian community has advanced on its earthly pilgrimage toward the fulfilment of the messianic promises, fed by the word of God and nourished by the Body and Blood of the Lord (Benedict XVI).
We, the church, are called to continue the work of Jesus in the world. We are one of the ways he continues his presence.
The meaning of our life is defined by the way we live and it is determined by the goal or goals we pursue. The goal of the Christian life is to be with the Father. All our actions are to honor and love the Father, and hope that the way we live our life and the way be treat others will lead us to that place we long to be. It is precisely this other part of the message of the Ascension that show us the destination of the believers.
Through his Ascension in to Heaven, He has revealed the destination of our earthly pilgrimage. As the liturgy expresses: where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope. In this way Jesus shows us the way to live in this world, but also the purpose of our lives: heaven.
The Ascension reminds us: who we are and where we go. Two things that we should never forget. In every single moment of our lives, we need to remember our Christian identity that is always accompanied by the presence of our gracious Lord, of whom we are the image and his presence to the world. And even though we may sometimes detour on our way, we should always come back and continue our journey toward Heaven to be with our Father.