Yesterday, on the Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension, Jesus promised to be with us until the end of time. In these days after the Ascension, the Liturgy calls us to rely on Jesus’ presence among us and to turn and find our hope in God. Even though Jesus is unseen, having ascended to the Father, he is still very much with us. He may be in the heaven of our hopes, but he also walks among us. Jesus is as near as the person in need, as near as the words of Scripture or the Eucharist we celebrate. Jesus is as near as our own hearts, when they are stirred up to follow God’s call. We feel him present to us when we are comforted in trying moments.
We are sustained by the hope that we will join Jesus one day in the place he is preparing for us. We don’t need to worry about finding the way to get there; we just have to have faith in Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life. Putting our trust in him, we can one day find ourselves sharing the kingdom with our saving Lord.
But the way isn’t always easy. The world may very well scatter us and give us trouble; Jesus said as much in today’s Gospel. Satan uses all the circumstances of our world to draw us away from God and get us all caught up in our own worries. But we believers need not worry; we can take courage in the fact that Jesus has overcome the world and has not abandoned us.