“…he was taken up into heaven in their sight, that he might make us sharers in his divinity.” (From Preface II of the Ascension; Roman missal)
Our encounter with the Lord brings us the great joy of knowing that his victory over sin and death is also ours. We will live forever and that is what gives us the courage to follow him. Martyrdom is the most radical expression of following the Lord, but although not everyone is called to martyrdom, everyone is called to follow him by giving their lives in loving service to others.
Joy is knowing that we are going to heaven. That joy frees us to give our lives in the struggle to recognize, defend and uphold the dignity of the human person. Our commitment to justice including care for our common home (Laudato Si’) is the loving path we follow in our ongoing ascension with the Lord.