(If you're looking for the Ascension commentary, it's below.)
Holy Mother Church offers as an intriguing theme in these Readings: the paradoxical relationship between glory and suffering. We find these two motifs expressed particularly in the Second Reading and Gospel.
1. Our First Reading is Acts 1:12-1:
After Jesus had been taken up to heaven the apostles
returned to Jerusalem
from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
a sabbath day’s journey away.