Brothers and Sisters
This feast is not about bidding farewell to Jesus, but about the hand-off of his work to us. It didn’t take long for the early church to figure that out, but the question is whether we got the message. The healing of our broken world is not yet completed. Others may do their part, but they can’t do the work that is uniquely ours. Each one of us is called to be his voice, hands, and feet in the world.
On this feast of the Ascension, we remember that Christ’s ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain (CCC #665). This feast reminds us that like the first disciples, we are not to dally “looking up at the sky,” but are to get busy proclaiming the glory of God’s kingdom by the witness of our lives!