Jesus prepares a way for us

The Lord, by his own power, ascends to heaven. In so doing, he opens a path for us, too. The gates of paradise swing open again. The Fathers of the Church often applied the words of the Psalm for today as an acclamation of the angels who accompanied Our Lord as he ascended. Reaching the gates of heaven, they declared: “Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in.” (Psalm 24:7)