After the emotional high of Easter, things just seem a little unsettled. It’s nothing bad. It’s just…well…uncertain. There’s something else coming.
In the first reading (Acts), Jesus refers to something that John the Baptist said. About the one coming after him, that he would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. From what Jesus is saying, it’s clear that it’s time for this to happen.
But before this can happen, there’s something else that has to happen first. And that something is the focus of both the first reading and the Gospel (Mark).
In addition to everything else, the Ascension shows us (as if the Resurrection wasn’t enough) that Jesus is who he says he is. And that what we are waiting for will be more than worth the wait.
Readings for the Ascension: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/051715-ascension.cfm