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Christ, by His Passion, death, Resurrection and Ascension, made a way into Heaven - a way in which we can follow.
In the Mass Jesus greets with great affection all those who love and welcome Him. He is truly Present with us in Holy Communion.
As I praised God, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, I saw the risen Christ radiant and joyful, the Son of the Immaculate Mother.
One of Christ's achievements at His Resurrection was to cause a shining 'corridor' to be built between earth and Heaven: a safe way on high.
Christ our risen Lord was Present above the altar, as if ascending from the tomb, His hands uplifted to the Father, interceding for us who believe in Him, our High Priest.
Christ was strolling amongst His Saints in Heaven, paying personal attention to each of them, with loving glances and gestures. So it will be for us who celebrate His Resurrection - if we remain faithful to the end.
Christ made an amazing 'descent' from Heaven, as if across a vast distance, leaving the glory and holiness of Heaven to become man, to live amongst us, to die and rise again to save us from our sins, and to open Heaven's 'door' to all who believe in Him.
It was as a 'cloud' over the earth had been rent apart, when Jesus toured Galilee, speaking the truth about the purpose of life, the glory of the Father, the need for repentance, and for Baptism. He showed out God's nature and God's Will. He revealed the extent of Divine Love by accepting death on a Cross, rather than give up His Mission. He proved His Divinity by His miracles, above all by His Resurrection.
Whoever searches for an answer to life's questions can do no better than to listen to Jesus. He is the only one of Whom it can be said: He healed everyone, He killed no-one, and He rose from the dead, proving that He has the power to take His followers up to Heaven. Everyone looking clearly at the truth will appreciate that good news, which is worth having.
The Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, became man, and bore suffering and death in order to fulfil His Mission, for our sakes. He knew He would rise from the dead; and by His Resurrection He proved that He has conquered death; and He can conquer our sins, if we put our trust in Him.
There are two thoughts that can comfort those who grow weary of the long 'climb' towards sanctity and salvation; first, Heaven, and a wonderful welcome, awaits all who persevere; furthermore, nothing can break the 'rope' we climb. It is Jesus, true God, Who made the Way - the rope - by coming to earth and returning to Heaven. Our part is to keep climbing and not to let go.
Jesus Christ was God on earth: God-made-man, showing us His plan. He said that by Baptism in water we can be washed clean of sin, through His name, and given a share in His life, through the Holy Spirit, and made worthy of Heaven! Wise people believe what was said by Jesus, who proved His power and His Origin by His miracles, above all by His Resurrection from the dead.
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