The Ascension of the Lord into heaven attracted our eyes and our hearts towards heaven. Therefore on the day of His ascension, the disciples were looking steadfastly toward heaven as the Lord went up (Acts 1:10)
It is a lesson to us to look steadfastly towards heaven where the Lord went up, and from where He will come to us in the Second Coming. In heaven all our sentiments and hopes should be focused, in His heavenly kingdom, for He said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21)
Pitiable indeed are those who put all their treasure on the earth where they focus all their desires and hopes. When those depart from the earth they will find nothing.
Unlike those are God’s children, for they always look steadfastly toward heaven to which all their desires and their hearts are attached.
Would that our thoughts aspire continually toward heaven!
Would that all our thoughts, our heart desires, and our spiritual senses are there with the Lord as St. Paul the apostle said, “While we do not look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
If we continue looking steadfastly toward heaven, looking at the things which are not seen and putting all our treasure in heaven, then we will say with the apostle, “ having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:23)
On the Ascension Day, our thoughts should go upwards, and we should contemplate on heaven where Christ is.
When we are contemplating in heaven and on the Lord sitting at the right hand of the father, we remember the words of the Lord, “ where your treasure is there your heard will be also” (Matthew 6:21) So, let your treasure be heaven itself, and let everyone train himself to have the blessing of the ascension in his life. Let everyone aspire to the spiritual level leaving behind the body level to God’s love.
He who ascends with his heart and mind above the level of earthly and material things, will deserve to ascend into heaven and be with Christ.
But those who stick to earth and to material, how can they ascend? Actually, when one goes up, one sees the earth small, and it grows smaller and smaller with everything on it till it vanishes completely.
The Lord’s Ascension teaches us the principle of ascension or progress.
The spiritual life or the life with the Lord is a continuous ascension or progress till perfection is attained. IT is also a continuous relationship with heaven.
The Church tower gives an idea about ascending towards heaven and elevation above earth and earthly things.