656 Faith in the Resurrection has as its object an event which is historically attested to by the disciples, who really encountered the Risen One. At the same time, this event is mysteriously transcendent insofar as it is the entry of Christ’s humanity into the glory of God.

657 The empty tomb and the linen cloths lying there signify in themselves that by God’s power Christ’s body had escaped the bonds of death and corruption. They prepared the disciples to encounter the Risen Lord.

658 Christ, ‘the first-born from the dead’ (Col 1:18), is the principle of our own resurrection, even now by the justification of our souls (cf Rom 6:4), and one day by the new l!fe he will impart to our bodies (cf Rom 8:11).

Article 6


SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER’ 659 ‘So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.’53’ Christ’s body was glorified at the moment of his Resurrection, as 645 proved by the new and supernatural properties it subsequently and permanently enjoys.532 But during the forty days when he eats and drinks familiarly with his disciples and teaches them about the kingdom, his glory remains veiled under the appearance of ordinary humanity.533 Jesus’ final apparition ends with the irreversible entry of his humanity into divine glory, symbolized by the cloud 66, 697 and by heaven, where he is seated from that time forward at God’s right hand.534 Only in a wholly exceptional and unique way would Jesus show himself to Paul ‘as to one untimely born’, in a

L last apparition that established him as an apostle.535


66o The veiled character of the glory of the Risen One during this time is intimated in his mysterious words to Mary Magdalene: ‘I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say ~ to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’~~6 This indicates a difference in manifestation between the glory of the risen Christ and that of the Christ exalted [to the Father’s right hand, a transition marked by the historical and ‘transcendent event of the Ascension.