What in the world was Luke thinking?

I refer to the writer of the third Gospel. In yesterday’s Gospel from the 24th chapter of Luke, one sentence leapt out at me:

“As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.”

Huh?

‘He was taken up to heaven?’

‘He parted from them?’

Good grief, Luke, this is big stuff! Doesn’t an event of this magnitude deserve a little punchier prose than you were able to muster? How ’bout something like this:

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This extraordinary event has been portrayed in art down through the ages. I dramatized it in my recent musical, THE FIRE AND THE MERCY, The Pentecost Musical. I chose to focus on an aspect of the event not spoken of in scripture: Jesus’ goodbye to his Mother, Mary.

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