St. Thomas discusses an objection that says Christ should not have ascended to heaven because it would have been better for us if he had stayed on earth. Imagine if Jesus had remained on earth--we would be able to go and talk to him, see him in person, tell him our problems, get his advice. I really like that idea.
But then Thomas gives some reasons why it was more fitting for Christ to leave us and return to the Father. First, to increase our faith: "Blessed are those who have not seen but have believed." Second, to give us the hope of one day joining him in heaven: "I go to prepare a place for you." Third, to kindle charity in us by directing our thoughts to heavenly things: "Seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God."
What thoughts do you have on this?