Theme: Heaven our destination
The forty days preceding Ascension were days of preparing the young Church as Moses and Elijah had done for their disciples. Jesus’ departure anticipated his return. He was lifted up by a cloud which took Him from their sight as if he was formless; but this was his nature before creation. Previously, he had manifested Himself physically when the Word became flesh dwelling among us. What we celebrate on Ascension Day is this human departure from this world leaving his disciples the missionary mandate of disengaging themselves from the known to the unknown by moving beyond Jerusalem to the rest of the world.