of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being
with him for ever.
Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven
once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the
mediator who assures us of the permanent outpour-
ing of the Holy Spirit.
FROM THERE HE WILL COME AGAIN
TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
Christ already reigns through the Church . . .
“Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both
of the dead and of the living.”
Christ’s Ascension into heaven
signifies his participation, in his humanity, in God’s power and
authority. Jesus Christ is Lord: he possesses all power in heaven
and on earth. He is “far above all rule and authority and power and
dominion,” for the Father “has put all things under his feet.”
Christ is Lord of the cosmos and of history. In him human history
and indeed all creation are “set forth” and transcendently ful-
As Lord, Christ is also head of the Church, which is his
Taken up to heaven and glorified after he had thus fully
accomplished his mission, Christ dwells on earth in his Church.
The redemption is the source of the authority that Christ, by virtue
of the Holy Spirit, exercises over the Church. “The kingdom of
Christ [is] already present in mystery,” “on earth, the seed and the
beginning of the kingdom.”
3; 5; cf.