Catechism of the Catholic Church

174 Part One 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 outpour- ing of the Holy Spirit. A rticle 7 FROM THERE HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD I. H e W ill C ome A gain in G lory 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.” 549 Christ’s Ascension into heaven signifies his participation, in his humanity, in God’s power and authority. Jesus Christ is Lord: he possesses all power in heaven and on earth. He is “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion,” for the Father “has put all things under his feet.” 550 Christ is Lord of the cosmos and of history. In him human history and indeed all creation are “set forth” and transcendently ful- filled. 551 669 As Lord, Christ is also head of the Church, which is his Body. 552 Taken up to heaven and glorified after he had thus fully accomplished his mission, Christ dwells on earth in his Church. The redemption is the source of the authority that Christ, by virtue of the Holy Spirit, exercises over the Church. “The kingdom of Christ [is] already present in mystery,” “on earth, the seed and the beginning of the kingdom.” 553 549 Rom 14:9. 550 Eph 1:20-22. 551 Eph 1:10; cf. Eph 4:10; 1 Cor 15:24, 27-28. 552 Cf. Eph 1:22. 553 LG 3; 5; cf. Eph 4:11-13. 450 518 792, 1088 541