Between Ascension and Pentecost Take me to heaven!

Jesus is in heaven. Heaven was locked and He has “opened” it to us through His glorious passion, death and resurrection. Heaven is then the ultimate purpose of His Incarnation and final purpose of our vocation. He said: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself” (Jn 12:32). He was lifted up on the cross, but this lifting proclaimed His lifting up by His Ascension into heaven.
Heaven was locked and He has “opened” it in His Sacrifice and putting himself into the Almighty Father’s hands. He did it as the Priest and as the Priest He drew us to Himself.
To go through the gate of Christ to heaven means to possess all fruits of the redemption given to us by Christ. To live in Heaven is “to be with Christ.” (Phil 1:23; Jn 14:3; 1 Thess 4:17) because where Christ is, there is life, there is the kingdom. (St. Ambrose). Only in Christ do we have access to the completely unbelievable reality, a new dimension of life where we are given new bodies, identity, where we recognise our true own name (Rev 2:17), and where we share life with one another, full of joy.
What kind of reality is heaven? There are many biblical images: life, light, peace, wedding feast, wine of the kingdom, the Father’s house, the heavenly Jerusalem, paradise. However, “no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor 2:9).

Fr Stan

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