“After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it." (Mark 16:19-20)
As Christians, as Catholics, we are called to live in Jesus, to share in the entire mystery of Christ and hence to share in his glorification. He said this himself: “I go to prepare a place for you, and when I go…I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am, you may also be.” (Jn 14:2-3)
Quoting from Volume II of “Divine Intimacy” (Ignatius Press): “The Ascension is a strong support for hope for us who feel ourselves exiles in our pilgrimage through life, and who suffer from being far from God... Christian teaching allows us to believe and to cherish the firm hope that the faithful today, who share in Christ’s death through life’s tribulations, will one day also share in his eternal glory.”
But we don’t have to wait for eternity to be with Jesus. As he ascended, Jesus assured his disciples and us as well: “Know that I am with you always, until the end of the world.” (Mt 28:20) He is with us – always – while we are here on earth – and forever in the life to come! He is our hope!