Pope St John Paul II said: ‘Through his words Jesus was to live on in his Church: I am with you always. And so the whole ecclesial community became conscious of the need for fidelity to the instructions of Jesus, to the deposit of faith. This solicitude was to pass from generation to generation – down to our own day. And the second reflection on the meaning of the Ascension is found in this phrase: Jesus took his place. After having undergone the humiliation of his passion and death, Jesus took his place at the right-hand of God; he took his place with his eternal Father. But he also entered heaven as our Head. Whereupon, in the expression of Leo the Great, the glory of the Head became the hope of the body. … This is the mystery of the Ascension of our Head. Let us always remember: Jesus gave instructions, and then Jesus took his place’.

As we ponder this mystery, may Jesus also take His place in our own hearts, there to reign as King of glory. May God bless you, and bring you much joy this day.