The Ascension celebrates that Jesus has come full circle because, having come from the Father to accomplish a specific mission, he returns to the Father having achieved what he was sent to do. And he was sent to save us from spiritual death and alienation from God that is due to our sins.
Holy Name Catholic Church
Today’s Gospel takes us back in time to an event in
Jesus’ life before his Passion. Jesus tells his disciples that
he is going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s
house. He promises that where he is going, his disciples
will be able to follow. Thomas, who will later doubt the
disciples’ reports that they have seen the Risen Lord,
contradicts Jesus by saying that the disciples don’t know
where Jesus is going or how to get there. Jesus explains
that he himself is the way, the truth, and the life.