As we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, it is good for us to remember that Jesus was busy between his Resurrection and the Ascension. St. Leo the Great tells us that “the days which passed between the Lord’s Resurrection and His Ascension were by no means uneventful; during them, great sacramental mysteries were confirmed, great truths revealed” (from an Ascension Sermon of Pope Saint Leo the Great).
Jesus was indeed busy while he was on earth after the Resurrection in his gloried self. For one thing, he removed the terror and fear of death. He proved that death shall reign no more as he demonstrated the promise of eternal life. He also poured the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, breathing upon them and blessing them. Jesus established the Church by confirming Peter and his successors with the Keys of the Kingdom and the care of the flock. Jesus also settled people’s hearts, explained Scriptures, and straightened out backwards beliefs. And, he prepared the world for the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost.
Yes, Jesus was busy during his last days on earth. He sets for us an example, as we too should be busy as we wait his return. For John tells us to “continue in him so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at this coming” (1 John 2:28).