Tuesday, May 6, 2008

From the Abyss to the Fullness of Glory

This "exodus" to the heavenly homeland that Jesus experienced in the first person, he went through completely for us. It was for us that he came down from heaven and for us that he ascended into heaven, after having been made like us in all things, humiliated unto death on a cross, and after having touched the abyss of the maximal distance from God. It was precisely because of this that the Father was pleased with him and exalted him (Philippians 2:9), returning to him the fullness of his glory, but now with our humanity.

Pope Benedict XVI on the Ascension

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