Reading 1 Acts 1:1-11, Responsorial Psalm Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9, Reading 2 Eph 1:17-23, Gospel Mt 28:16-20
Jesus Christ enters the life of God forty days after Easter.The ascension is not an evasion but an accomplishment of the mystery of resurrection. Jesus does not rise to return to earthly life, He does not rise to die again, but He rises to enter the glory of the Father. This is for us a victory and a reason for hope. The ascension of the Lord is a reason for our hope because Jesus takes with Him the human nature to the glory of the Holy Trinity. Thus, we believe that we will also share in the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
One analogy may help us understand more how the fact that Jesus is with the Father guarantees that we will also be with the Father one day. Let us consider someone who has never been to the USA but has a relative there. That person can be certain that he will be welcomed by his relative if he goes to the USA. The fact of having a relative in the USA is a reason for the person to hope that he may thrive in the USA even though the place is unknown to him or her.
By going to the Father, Jesus does not abandon His disciples although it may seem to be the case. Indeed, after resurrection, Jesus manifests Himself to His disciples: He joins two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus, He comes to His disciples when they were fishing, He encounters them in the midst of their lives, He does not leave them, He is with them. However, Jesus must return to His Father.
The ascension is a moment of separation. After ascension, the disciples would no longer see Jesus as they used to see Him, they would no longer touch Him. The disciples would experience the presence of Christ in a different way. The moment is tough for the disciples who suffered a lot because of the death of Jesus and are now obliged to be separated from Him again. The disciples can not believe that they are seeing their master going away from them, they keep looking in the sky as if they want to make Jesus come back.
However, angels come to remind the disciples that Jesus left them with a mission, that of proclaiming the Gospel and making of each person who lives on earth a disciple of Christ. Like the disciples, we are called to proclaim the gospel. The fact that Jesus entrust the proclamation of the kingdom to weak people that we are is a sign of His profound love for humanity. Jesus accomplishes the mission with us, He remains with us through the Holy Spirit. May the blessed Virgin Mary pray for us so that we can accomplish our mission.
In those few lines, I hope to have shared with you what I heard from the homily from the 6:30 AM Mass of May 21, 2020. Note that the mass was celebrated by father Dieudonné from Xaverian missionaries.