COR THOUGHTS 255: The Riches of Glory that Await Us

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Most dioceses in the U.S. celebrate the Lord’s Ascension on the seventh Sunday of Easter (if these are not your readings this Sunday, you’re one of the few dioceses that still celebrate Ascension Thursday). In the first reading, we hear that Jesus “was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.” In the psalm we respond, “God mounts his throne to shouts of joy….” In the Gospel we hear that Jesus was “taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.” But it’s in the second reading, from Ephesians, that we see what the themes of these readings actually have to do with our own lives. Christ’s bodily Ascension into heaven reveals “the hope that belongs to his call.” The hope that is ours is this: the humanity that we all share has entered eternal bliss, body and soul and this means we now “have confidence that we too shall go where [Christ] has preceded us” (CCC 661). We shall know eternal, infinite bliss in our bodies and souls. We shall be “divinized” as the Fathers of the Church put it. Oh Lord, “may the eyes of [our] hearts be enlightened,” as St. Paul exhorts us in the second reading, that we may know “what are the riches of glory” that await us!