Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them.
As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.
They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
~ Luke 24:50-53
Mountains and heights are always awesome to look at. They incite wonder in the beholder. Often, we are led to think of grander and better things just looking up a mountain. We think of our goals and ambitions as the heights. We are inspired to strive for things we are capable of, even in the face of formidable challenges.
Today is the Feast of the Ascension. Christ was taken up into the heavens, into the heights. It must have been an awesome and exhilarating sight for the apostles to behold. It must have filled them with great joy and inspired them to finally go out and proclaim the Lord. It was a game-changing moment that would finally be consummated a week later during Pentecost.