In the Rosary, the second glorious mystery is the ascension of Jesus into heaven. As it says in Mark 16, after Jesus had spoken to them, he ascended into heaven and sat down at God’s right hand.
Jesus spoke to them and then left the earth.
Leaving only them… us?… – poor, under-educated, minorities of a backward province in a sprawling empire. How did they do it? This turning of the world upside down?
… Jesus spoke to them … and then left the earth. Jesus spoke the words of God as the incarnation of God. After Jesus spoke these things to them, he left the earth.
Now we are to incarnate God and speak his words in the earth. Jesus left, but his body remained.
One of the enduring mysteries of the gospel is that God would entrust men and women to spread it. But he left so that we could incarnate him. Are we?