If Jesus makes the claim to be the Son of God then why does he leave us, his children, and ascend to his Father? Does this mean that the Son of God does not keep his promises and simply leaves us orphans? Is the ascension a nice way of ending the story to a fictional God that some Jews sold as something called Christianity?
Whether figuratively or literally, many people “look up” waiting for Jesus’ return in glory, riding in his chariot with his mighty angels ready to judge the living and the dead. As much as this is all truth, there is a fuller and complete truth! For the Catholic, Christ has never left us! He remains present to us and abides with us in the Eucharist!
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI put it eloquently, “Ascension does not mean departure into a remote region of the cosmos, but rather, the continuing closeness that the disciples experience so strongly that it becomes a source of lasting joy” (Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. II,p. 281).
During this period of the Solemnity of the Ascension and the grand finale of Easter with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, what are we doing? What are we doing to live out the commission of Christ?
Do we stay clued on the very thing that we created: smart phones, laptops, and social media and become slaves of the very thing that was suppose to provide more quality time with things that matter?
Perhaps during this season, we should look up, but not necessarily up to the sky, but up from our phones! Check out this short video. It says it best:
Look up, serve the other by giving them time that truly matters! For in them is Christ and Christ is found where he is found: in his Church. His voice is heard in the Church and his disciples go forth to care for the poor, the sick, and the marginalized.