Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 173 662 “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” 542 The lifting up of Jesus on the cross signifies and announces his lifting up by his Ascension into heaven, and indeed begins it. Jesus Christ, the one priest of the new and eternal Cove- nant, “entered, not into a sanctuary made by human hands . . . but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” 543 There Christ permanently exercises his priesthood, for he “always lives to make intercession” for “those who draw near to God through him.” 544 As “high priest of the good things to come” he is the center and the principal actor of the liturgy that honors the Father in heaven. 545 663 Henceforth Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father: “By ‘the Father’s right hand’ we understand the glory and honor of divinity, where he who exists as Son of God before all ages, indeed as God, of one being with the Father, is seated bodily after he became incarnate and his flesh was glorified.” 546 664 Being seated at the Father’s right hand signifies the inaugu­ ration of the Messiah’s kingdom, the fulfillment of the prophet Daniel’s vision concerning the Son of man: “To him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting domin- ion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” 547 After this event the apostles became witnesses of the “kingdom [that] will have no end.” 548 IN BRIEF 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 him from the eyes of men (cf. Col 3:3). 666 Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members 542 Jn 12:32. 543 Heb 9:24. 544 Heb 7:25. 545 Heb 9:11; cf. Rev 4:6-11. 546 St. John Damascene, De fide orth., 4, 2: PG 94, 1104C. 547 Dan 7:14. 548 Nicene Creed. 1545 1137 648 541