Horizons of hope

“Our hope based on the good news which is Jesus himself makes us lift up our eyes to contemplate the Lord in the liturgical celebration of the Ascension. Even though the Lord may now appear more distant, the horizons of hope expand all the more. In Christ, who brings our human nature to heaven, every man and woman can now freely ‘enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh’ (Heb 10:19-20).” — Pope Francis

Reflection: What is the basis of your hope in Christ? The horizon marks the limits of what we can see. Jesus’ ascension expands the Christian horizon toward heaven as our ultimate destination. This horizon also orients us to be in the world as Jesus was while not living as if we are of the world. What do you see as the ultimate end of your life? How does your way of life bring you closer to (or farther away from) eternal life with God?

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