In the times between, our eyes are meant to be fixed on the present moment that God has given us. We are called to live now in the way God intends us rather to live, focusing solely on the future. The disciples heed the word of the angel who asks them why they are looking up toward heaven, and they return to Jerusalem as they have been commanded and wait there for his promise to them to be fulfilled. And while they wait, they devote themselves to prayer.
Like the disciples following the Lord’s ascension, we have work to do. We need to focus our attention on the needs of an imperfect world—a world over which we have stewardship. Like the Jews who returned from their captivity in Babylon, we need to get about the business of building God’s Kingdom on Earth in preparation for our Lord’s return. We are called to be in the here and the now—not the hereafter.
Celebrate the Lord’s Ascension with your sisters and brothers in Christ this Sunday, and then prepare yourself for the work to come.