The Ascension is a wonderful feast and is full of marvellous insights. It is about Christ returning to his Father, but now with his glorified body. He enters Heaven the same Second person of the Blessed Trinity, but he is now different he comes with his human nature as well as his Divine Nature.
It is about his Kingship, because he sits at the right hand of The Father. He will come again with his angels in all his glory to judge the Living and the Dead. He is King of kings and Lord of Lords. His return to Heaven is a time of incomparable jubilation for all the angels and saints.
He leaves the apostles and the disciples, because they must rely not on him, but on the Holy Spirit who will be sent to them at Pentecost to teach them everything else that they need to know, and give them power to proclaim the Gospel to all nations. The power of the proclamation of the Kingdom, and the power of miracles, which will be manifest on the day of Pentecost with the descent of the tongues of fire, and the gift of languages so that all may understand the preaching of Peter, and so that the confusion of Babel be reversed.
He leaves his apostles so that they do not become too familiar with their Lord and Master, and do not live in the constant expectation of the Kingdom being an earthly one; for the Kingdom of God on Earth is before all else a Kingdom of the Spirit, the Kingdom of the Beatitudes, the Kingdom of Truth. He leaves them because they have to be grown men, and not boys. They have “to grow in grace and wisdom”. He also as Hebrews says pleads for us before the throne of God, “For Christ has entered, not into a sanctuary made with hands, a copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” (Hebrews 11: v. 24)
Christ from now one, enthroned in majesty reigns everywhere throughout the World and the Universe. He reigns in the hearts of all the Baptized, his reign is to be preached to men of goodwill, and He will be a continual stumbling block for all those opposed to his Kingdom, and who wish to live under the banner, not of the Cross, but under the banner of the Prince of this World, Satan. And is it not interesting that Jesus says of Satan that he is the Prince of the World in all its fallen aspects, and in all its wrecked grandeur. Satan is not king, he is only a prince. Christ reigns in a universal way, as opposed to the very specific way of his reign in the Eucharist. After his Ascension in the time of the Acts of the Apostles the Eucharist would not be reserved in many places, but now Christ’s Eucharistic reign is global, but Christ’s reign since the Ascension is throughout time and space, and is not only in Heaven, but reaches down to th depths of Hell, for he is King forever, and ever.
In our perilous times, shot through with such great cruelty, cynicism, pride, and greed, Christ enters the Halls of the Globalists. He will be an unseen presence at the Bilderberg Meeting in Denmark, where he will reign, whether those attending it want him there or not. They cannot lock out the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He will be giving his succour to the civilians dying in the Ukraine, and offering comfort to those suffering from the floods in the Balkans. He will be with the girls abducted by Boko Haram, and whether these Muslim zealots know it or not, they will be forced to bend the knee to him in Hell, or willingly bend their knee to their King and Lord in this present World. Christ stands as the All Compassionate One beside those who grieve and suffer, but to those who do evil and destroy, especially the innocent, and innocence, He comes.
Then I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse. He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like flames of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed which no one knows but himself. He is clad in robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, followed him on white horses. From his mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and he will rule with a rod of iron; he will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of Lords. (Apocalypse 19 vv. 11-16)
But what of the apostles and Our Lady. How must they have felt at Christ’s Ascension into Heaven. The tradition is that Our Lady lived another 15 years, years of longing to be with her Son. The Apostles jubilant to begin with but also saddened at their parting would have to walk the royal road of the Cross that their beloved master trod. Our Lady would still be in this vale of tears. Such is a our destiny as mortals. And so every day and throughout every day we must try and be with Our Lord in all the events and demands of our life. We can do this by giving our whole lives to him, our hearts, our minds, everything. Are we willing to do this? If we are then Christ’s Second Coming will be a great cause for joy, if not it will be a cause of horror and despair. The choice is ours.