When we imagine the Apostles watching Jesus ascend through the clouds into the heavens, the event of Our Lord’s Ascension might strike us as a rather sad event.   

After all, the Apostles had spent three years with Jesus, during which time they developed a love for Him that can scarcely be fathomed. For those years, they were blessed beyond measure: they had a personal friendship with God. In losing Jesus on Good Friday, they experienced the most terrible loss of their lives. To make matters worse, all the remaining Apostles, other than John, were forced to ponder the fact that they had not even been present for His Passion and Crucifixion. Each of them must have craved to fall at the feet of Jesus and beg the forgiveness of their Friend. They must have so desperately wanted to see Him again.