Preface I of the Ascension of the Lord says it wonderfully:
"Mediator between God and man,
judge of the world and Lord of hosts,
he ascended, not to distance himself from our lowly state
but that we, his members, might be confident of following
where he, our Head and Founder, has gone before."
Remember that he said to them that he was going to the Father, his Father and our Father; that he was going to prepare a place for us; that where he was we may follow; and that he would show us the way. He promised the Holy Spirit to accomplish this reality. He told them to pray, to wait, to be expectant. There may be separation anxiety now but there will be sweet joy in the time of fulfillment.
Many of us came from immigrant families looking for a better life, for a future touched by hope. Often a brave one came to the new world ahead of the family to earn money in order to bring the others over, to establish a home for their loved ones to settle in. Their departure was filled with sorrow, but also filled with hope. On this Feast of the Ascension let us remember the Collect that says "where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope."