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The ascension of Christ and the Eucharistic real presence at first glance seem almost contradictory: Jesus is present in the Eucharist, but absent because of the ascension. Despite this conundrum, this article hopes to show that the Eucharist is not a substitute for the absence of the ascended Jesus, but more the sacramental disclosure of what the ascension means: Christ fills all things and the risen and ascended One draws all creation to its fullness in him; this is the context in which ‘transubstantiation’ is to be understood. Horizontal (centripetal/centrifugal) approaches to the real presence need another dimension as supplied by the mystery of the ascension, namely, the vertical.

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