Malta Minute with the Catechism: Jesus’ Ascension Into Heaven

  • Program #: 27
  • Description: When Jesus disappeared into the clouds, leaving his apostles behind, where did he go? According to the Catholic Catechism, he went to heaven to take his place at the right hand of the Father. Just as he descended from heaven at the moment of the Incarnation, at the Ascension, he returned to the Father, something only he, the God-Man, the Son of the Father, could do. Thus the Incarnation and the Ascension are inextricably linked. "Only the one who came from the Father can return to the Father," the Catechism tells us, further stating that the ascension of the Lord introduces the irreversible entry of his humanity into divine glory where he will be seated from this time forward at God's right hand. Left to our own devices we mortals could not achieve access to heaven. We are totally dependent on the merits gained for us by the one who went before us. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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