665 Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence he will come again (cf Acts 1:11); this humanity in the meantime hides himfrom the eyes of men (cf Col3:3).

666 Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being with him for ever.

667 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 outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Article 7




He Will Come Again in Glory

Christ already reigns through the Church...

668 ‘Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.’~~8 Christ’s Ascension into heaven sig nifies his participation, in his humanity, in God’s power and authority. Jesus Christ is Lord: he possesses all power in heaven and on 450 earth. He is ‘far above all rule and authority and power and dominion’, for the Father ‘has put all things under his feet.’549 Christ is Lord of the cosmos and of history. In him human history 518 and indeed all creation are ‘set forth’ and transcendently fulfilled.550 669 As Lord, Christ is also head of the Church, which is his 792
Body.55’ Taken up to heaven and glorified after he had thus fully accomplished his mission, Christ dwells on earth in his Church. io88
The redemption is the source of the authority that Christ, by virtue of the Holy Spirit, exercises over the Church. ‘The king~ dom of Christ [is] already present in mystery’, ‘on earth, the seed 541
L and the beginning of the kingdom’.552
670 Since the Ascension God’s plan has entered into its fulfilment. We are already at ‘the last hour’.553 ‘Already the final age of the world is with us, and the renewal of the world is irrevocably under 1042 way; it is even now anticipated in a certain real way, for the