And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.”
For some, it is so easy to forget the Jesus is not a historical figure, but a Presence who is, at this minute, on the very verge of breaking through the gossamer webs of what we call “reality” with all the force of the Big Bang and more. Relegating Jesus to Long Ago is to forget that Jesus is Coming each day: in particular judgments, in awesome acts of mercy, in prayer, in the sacraments, in the strange, quiet, life-changing parousia of the Blessed Sacrament. Further, relegating Him to Coming in sacramental ways is to forget that Jesus is Coming – Big “C” Coming – at the consummation of all things to judge the world. Today, get ready. He’s coming.