Christ’s ascension means that God trusts us to do what is right and to be agents of the coming reign of Christ
What we are going to be has not been revealed to us; but Jesus invites forward into deeper relationship always. We are always becoming Christ’s new creation.
Jesus’ suffering and death was his own choice, but even he hoped not to make it. What could possibly compel such a choice?
St Peter reminds us that the wait for Christ isn’t meant to be passively endured. The choice for Christ calls forth an effort on our part to live in the coming age here and now, manifesting the reign of God in our lives.