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    to the Jews What God promised to the fathers this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus as also it is written in the second psalm You are my Son today I have begotten you 524 Christ s Resurrection is closely linked to the Incarnation of God s Son and is its fulfilment in accordance with God s eternal plan 654 The Paschal mystery has two aspects by his death Christ liberates us from sin by his Resurrection he opens for us the way to a new life This new life is above all justification that reinstates us in God s grace so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father we too might walk in newness of life 525 Justification consists in both victory over the death caused by sin and a new participation in grace 526 It brings about filial adoption so that men become Christ s brethren as Jesus himself called his disciples after his Resurrection Go and tell my brethren 527 We are brethren not by nature but by the gift of grace because that adoptive filiation gains us a real share in the life of the only Son which was fully revealed in his Resurrection 655 Finally Christ s Resurrection and the risen Christ himself is the principle and source of our future resurrection Christ has been raised from the dead the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep For as in Adam all die so also in Christ shall all be made alive 528 The risen Christ lives in the hearts of his faithful while they await that fulfilment In Christ Christians have tasted the powers of the age to come 529 and their lives are swept up by Christ into the heart of

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    my brethren and say to them I am ascending to my Father and your Father to my God and your God 536 This indicates a difference in manifestation between the glory of the risen Christ and that of the Christ exalted to the Father s right hand a transition marked by the historical and transcendent event of the Ascension 661 This final stage stays closely linked to the first that is to his descent from heaven in the Incarnation Only the one who came from the Father can return to the Father Christ Jesus 537 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven the Son of man 538 Left to its own natural powers humanity does not have access to the Father s house to God s life and happiness 539 Only Christ can open to man such access that we his members might have confidence that we too shall go where he our Head and our Source has preceded us 540 662 And I when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all men to myself 541 The lifting up of Jesus on the cross signifies and announces his lifting up by his Ascension into heaven and indeed begins it Jesus Christ the one priest of the new and eternal Covenant entered not into a sanctuary made by human hands but into heaven itself now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf 542 There Christ permanently exercises his priesthood for he always lives to make intercession for those who draw near to God through him 543 As high priest of the good things to come he is the centre and the principal actor of the liturgy that honours the Father in heaven 544 663 Henceforth Christ is seated at the

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    4 25 26 6 15 11 27 Mt 22 41 46 Lk 24 21 40 Cf Mt 16 16 23 41 Jn 3 13 Mt 20 28 cf Jn 6 62 Dan 7 13 Isa 53 10 12 42 Cf Jn 19 19 22 Lk 23 39 43 43 Acts 2 36 44 Cf Deut 14 1 LXX 32 8 Job 1 6 Ex 4 22 Hos 2 1 11 1 Jer 3 19 Sir 36 11 Wis 18 13 2 Sam 7 14 Ps 82 6 45 Cf I Chr 17 13 Ps 2 7 Mt 27 54 Lk 23 47 46 Mt 16 16 17 47 Gal 1 15 16 48 Acts 9 20 49 Cf I Thess 1 10 Jn 20 31 Mt 16 18 50 Lk 22 70 cf Mt 26 64 Mk 14 61 62 51 Cf Mt 11 27 21 34 38 24 36 52 Mt 5 48 6 8 9 7 21 Lk 11 13 Jn 20 17 53 Cf Mt 3 17 cf 17 5 54 Jn 3 16 cf 10 36 55 Jn 3 18 56 Mk 15 39 57 Rom 1 3 cf Acts 13 33 58 Jn 1 14 59 Cf Ex 3 14 60 Cf I Cor 2 8 61 Cf Mt 22 41 46 cf Acts 2 34 36 Heb 1 13 Jn 13 13 62 Cf Mt 8 2 14 30 15 22 et al 63 Cf Lk 1 43 2 11 64 Jn 20 28 21 7 65 Cf Acts 2 34 36 Rom 9 5 Titus 2 13 Rev 5 13 Phil 2 6 66 Cf Rom 10 9 I Cor 12 3 Phil 2 9 11 67 Cf Rev 11 15 Mk 12 17 Acts 5 29 68 GS 10 3 Cf 45 2 69 I Cor 16 22 Rev 22 20 70 I Jn 4 10 4 14 3 5 71 St Gregory of Nyssa Orat catech 15 PG 45 48B 72 I Jn 4 9 73 Jn 3 16 74 Mt 11 29 Jn 14 6 75 Mk 9 7 cf Deut 6 4 5 76 Jn 15 12 77 Cf Mk 8 34 78 2 Pt 1 4 79 St Irenaeus Adv haeres 3 19 1 PG 7 1 939 80 St Athanasius De inc 54 3 PG 25 192B 81 St Thomas Aquinas Opusc 57 1 4 82 Jn 1 14 83 Phil 2 5 8 cf LH Saturday Canticle at Evening Prayer 84 Heb 10 5 7 citing Ps 40 6 8 7 9 LXX 85 I Jn 4 2 86 1 Tim 3 16 87 Cf I Jn 4 2 3 2 Jn 7 88 Council of Nicaea I 325 DS 130 126 89 Council of Ephesus 431 DS 250 90 Council of Ephesus DS 251 91 Council of Chalcedon 451 DS 301 cf Heb 4 15 92 Council of Chalcedon DS 302 93 Council of Constantinople II 553 DS 424 94 Council of Constantinople II 553 DS 432 cf DS 424 Council of Ephesus DS 255 95 LH January 1 Antiphon for Morning Prayer cf St Leo the Great Sermo in nat Dom 1 2 PL 54 191 192 96 Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Troparion O monogenes 97 GS 22 2 98 Cf Jn 14 9 10 99 GS 22 2 100 Cf Damasus 1 DS 149 101 Lk 2 52 102 Cf Mk 6 38 8 27 Jn 11 34 etc 103 Phil 2 7 104 Cf St Gregory the Great Sicut aqua ad Eulogium Epist Lib 10 39 PL 77 1097 Aff DS 475 105 St Maximus the Confessor Qu et dub 66 PG 90 840A 106 Cf Mk 14 36 Mt 11 27 Jn 1 18 8 55 etc 107 Cf Mk 2 8 Jn 2 25 6 61 etc 108 Cf Mk 8 31 9 31 10 33 34 14 18 20 26 30 109 Cf Mk 13 32 Acts 1 7 110 Cf Council of Constantinople III 681 DS 556 559 111 Council of Constantinople III DS 556 112 Cf Council of the Lateran 649 DS 504 113 Cf Gal 3 1 cf Council of Nicaea II 787 DS 600 603 114 Roman Missal Preface of Christmas I 115 Council of Nicaea II DS 601 116 Gal 2 20 117 Cf Jn 19 34 118 Pius XII Enc Haurietis aquas 1956 DS 3924 cf DS 3812 119 Gal 4 4 120 Col 2 9 121 Lk 1 34 35 Greek 122 Cf Jn 16 14 15 123 Cf Mt 1 20 2 1 12 Lk 1 35 2 8 20 Jn 1 3 1 34 2 11 124 Acts 10 38 125 Gal 4 4 Heb 10 5 126 Lk 1 26 27 127 LG 56 cf LG 61 128 Cf Gen 3 15 20 129 Cf Gen 18 10 14 21 1 2 130 Cf I Cor 1 17 I Sam 1 131 LG 55 132 LG 56 133 Lk 1 28 134 Lk 1 28 135 Pius IX Ineffabilis Deus 1854 DS 2803 136 LG 53 56 137 Cf Eph 1 3 4 138 LG 56 139 Lk 1 28 38 cf Rom 1 5 140 Cf LG 56 141 St Irenaeus Adv haeres 3 22 4 PG 7 1 959A 142 St Irenaeus Adv haeres 3 22 4 PG 7 1 959A 143 LG 56 St Epiphanius Panarion 2 78 18 PG 42 728CD 729AB St Jerome Ep 22 21 PL 22 408 144 Lk 1 43 Jn 2 1 19 25 cf Mt 13 55 et al 145 Council of Ephesus 431 DS 251 146 Council of the Lateran 649 DS 503 cf DS 10 64 147 St Ignatius of Antioch Ad Smyrn 1 2 Apostolic Fathers ed J B Lightfoot London Macmillan 1889 11 2 289 293 SCh 10 154 156 cf Rom 1 3 Jn 1 13 148 Mt 1 18 25 Lk 1 26 38 149 Mt 1 20 150 Isa 7 14 in the LXX quoted in Mt 1 23 Gk 151 Cf St Justin Dial 99 7 PG 6 708 709 Origen Contra Celsum 1 32 69 PG 11 720 721 et al 152 Dei Filius 4 DS 3016 153 St Ignatius of Antioch Ad Eph 19 1 AF 11 2 76 80 SCh 10 88 cf I Cor 2 8 154 Cf DS 291 294 427 442 503 571 1880 155 LG 57 156 Cf LG 52 157 Cf Mk 3 31 35 6 3 I Cor 9 5 Gal 1 19 158 Mt 13 55 28 1 cf Mt 27 56 159 Cf Gen 13 8 14 16 29 15 etc 160 LG 63 cf Jn 19 26 27 Rom 8 29 Rev 12 17 161 Council of Friuli 796 DS 619 cf Lk 2 48 49 162 I Cor 15 45 47 163 Jn 3 34 164 Jn 1 16 cf Col 1 18 165 Lk 1 34 cf Jn 3 9 166 Jn 1 13 167 Cf 2 Cor 11 2 168 LG 63 cf l Cor 7 34 35 169 St Augustine De virg 3 PL 40 398 170 LG 64 cf 63 171 Acts 1 1 2 172 Cf Jn 20 30 173 Jn 20 31 174 Cf Mk 1 1 Jn 21 24 175 Cf Lk 2 7 Mt 27 48 Jn 20 7 176 Col 2 9 177 Jn 14 9 Lk 9 35 cf Mt 17 5 Mk 9 7 my beloved Son 178 Jn 4 9 179 Cf Eph 1 7 Col 1 13 14 I Pt 1 18 19 180 Cf 2 Cor 8 9 181 Cf Lk 2 51 182 Cf Jn 15 3 183 Mt 8 17 cf Isa 53 4 184 Cf Rom 4 25 185 St Irenaeus Adv haeres 3 18 1 PG 7 1 932 186 St Irenaeus Adv haeres 3 18 7 PG 7 1 937 cf 2 22 4 187 John Paul II RH 11 32 188 I Cor 15 3 Rom 4 25 189 I Jn 2 1 Heb 7 25 190 Heb 9 24 191 GS 38 cf Rom 15 5 Phil 2 5 192 Cf Jn 13 15 Lk 11 1 Mt 5 11 12 193 GS 22 2 194 St John Eudes LH week 33 Friday OR 195 Heb 9 15 196 Cf Acts 13 24 Mt 3 3 197 Lk 1 76 cf 7 26 Mt 11 13 198 Jn 1 29 cf Acts 1 22 Lk 1 41 16 16 Jn 3 29 199 Lk 1 17 cf Mk 6 17 29 200 Cf Rev 22 17 201 Jn 3 30 202 Cf Lk 2 61 203 Cf Lk 2 8 20 204 Kontakion of Romanos the Melodist 205 Cf Mt 18 3 4 206 Jn 3 7 1 13 1 12 cf Mt 23 12 207 Cf Gal 4 19 208 LH Antiphon I of Evening Prayer for January 1st 209 Cf Lk 2 21 210 Cf Gal 4 4 211 Cf Col 2 11 13 212 Mt 2 1 cf LH Epiphany Evening Prayer II Antiphon at the Canticle of Mary 213 Cf Mt 2 2 Num 24 17 19 Rev 22 16 214 Cf Jn 4 22 Mt 2 4 6 215 St Leo the Great Sermo 3 in epiphania Domini 1 3 5 PL 54 242 LH Epiphany OR Roman Missal Easter Vigil 26 Prayer after the third reading 216 Cf Lk 2 22 39 Ex 13 2 12 13 217 Cf Mt 2 13 18 218 Jn 1 11 219 Cf Jn 15 20 220 Cf Mt 2 15 Hos 11 1 221 Cf Gal 4 4 222 Lk 2 51 52 223 Lk 22 42 224 Cf Rom 5 19 225 Paul VI at Nazareth January 5 1964 LH Feast of the Holy Family OR 226 Cf Lk 2 41 52 227 Lk 2 49 alt 228 Cf Lk 3 23 Acts 1 22 229 Lk 3 3 230 Cf Lk 3 10 14 Mt 3 7 21 32 231 Mt 3 13 17 232 Jn 1 29 cf Isa 53 12 233 Cf Mk 10 38 Lk 12 50 234 Mt 3 15 cf 26 39 235 Cf Lk 3 22 Isa 42 1 236 Jn 1 32 33 cf Isa 11 2 237 Mt 3 16 238 Rom 6 4 239 St Gregory of Nazianzus Oratio 40 9 PG 36 369 240 St Hilary of Poitiers In Matth 2 5 PL 9 927 241 Cf Mk 1 12 13 242 Lk 4 13 243 Cf Ps 95 10 Mk 3 27 244 Cf Mt 16 2 1 23 245 Heb 4 15 246 Mk 1 14 15 247 LG 3 248 LG 2 249 LG 5 250 Jn 12 32 cf LG 3 251 Cf Mt 8 11 10 5 7 28 19 252 LG 5 cf Mk 4 14 26 29 Lk 12 32 253 Lk 4 18 cf 7 22 254 Mt 5 3 255 Cf Mt 11 25 256 Cf Mt 21 18 Mk 2 23 26 Jn 4 6 7 19 28 Lk 9 58 257 Cf Mt 25 31 46 258 Mk 2 17 cf l Tim 1 15 259 Lk 15 7 cf 7 11 32 260 Mt 26 28 261 Cf Mk 4 33 34 262 Cf Mt 13 44 45 22 1 14 263 Cf Mt 21 28 32 264 Cf Mt 13 3 9 265 Cf Mt 25 14 30 266 Mt 13 11 267 Mk 4 11 cf Mt 13 10 15 268 Acts 2 22 cf Lk 7 18 23 269 cf Jn 5 36 10 25 38 270 Cf Mk 5 25 34 10 52 etc 271 Cf Jn 10 31 38 272 Mt 11 6 273 Cf Jn 11 47 48 Mk 3 22 274 Cf Jn 6 5 15 Lk 19 8 Mt 11 5 275 Cf Lk 12 13 14 Jn 18 36 276 Cf Jn 8 34 36 277 Mt 12 26 28 278 Jn 12 31 cf Lk 8 26 39 279 LH Lent Holy Week Evening Prayer Hymn Vexilla Regis Regnavit a ligno Deus 280 Cf Mk 3 13 19 281 Lk 9 2 282 Lk 22 29 30 283 Cf Mk 3 16 9 2 Lk 24 34 I Cor 15 5 284 Mt 16 18 285 I Pt 2 4 286 Cf Lk 22 32 287 Mt 16 19 288 Jn 21 15 17 Cf 10 11 289 Cf Mt 18 18 290 Mt 16 21 291 Cf Mt 16 22 23 17 23 Lk 9 45 292 Cf Mt 17 1 8 and parallels 2 Pt 1 16 18 293 Lk 9 31 294 Lk 9 35 295 Lk 24 26 296 Cf Lk 24 27 297 Cf Isa 42 1 298 St Thomas Aquinas STh III 45 4 ad 2 299 Byzantine Liturgy Feast of the Transfiguration Kontakion 300 St Thomas Aquinas STh III 45 4 ad 2 301 Phil 3 21 302 Acts 14 22 303 St Augustine Sermo 78 6 PL 38 492 493 cf Lk 9 33 304 Lk 9 51 cf Jn 13 1 305 Lk 13 33 cf Mk 8 31 33 9 31 32 10 32 34 306 Mt 23 37 307 Lk 19 41 42 308 Lk 1 32 cf Mt 21 1 11 Jn 6 15 309 Ps 24 7 10 Zech 9 9 310 Cf Jn 18 37 311 Cf Mt 21 15 16 cf Ps 8 3 Lk 19 38 2 14 312 Cf Ps 118 26 313 Heb 9 26 314 Lk 24 26 27 44 45 315 Mk 8 31 Mt 20 19 316 Cf DV 19 317 Cf Mk 3 6 14 1 318 Cf Mt 12 24 Mk 2 7 14 17 3 1 6 7 14 23 319 Cf Mk 3 22 Jn 8 48 10 20 320 Cf Mk 2 7 Jn 5 18 7 12 52 8 59 10 31 33 321 Lk 2 34 322 Cf Jn 1 19 2 18 5 10 7 13 9 22 18 12 19 38 20 19 323 Jn 7 48 49 324 Cf Lk 13 31 325 Cf Lk 7 36 14 1 326 Cf Mt 22 23 34 Lk 20 39 327 Cf Mt 6 18 328 Cf Mk 12 28 34 329 Mt 5 17 19 330 Mt 5 19 331 Cf Jn 8 46 332 Cf Jn 7 19 Acts 13 38 41 15 10 333 Jas 2 10 cf Gal 3 10 5 3 334 Cf Rom 10 2 335 Cf Mt 15 31 Lk 11 39 54 336 Cf Isa 53 11 Heb 9 15 337 Cf Gal 4 4 338 Jer 31 33 Isa 42 3 6 339 Gal 3 13 3 10 Heb 9 15 340 Cf Jn 11 28 3 2 Mt 22 23 24 34 36 341 Cf Mt 12 5 9 12 Mk 2 23 27 Lk 6 6 9 Jn 7 22 23 342 Mt 7 28 29 343 Cf Mt 5 1 344 Mt 5 33 34 345 Mk 7 13 cf 3 8 346 Mk 7 18 21 cf Gal 3 24 347 Cf Jn 5 36 10 25 37 38 12 37 348 Cf Num 28 9 Mt 12 5 Mk 2 25 27 Lk 13 15 16 14 3 4 Jn 7 22 24 349 Lk 2 22 39 350 Cf Lk 2 46 49 351 Cf Lk 2 41 352 Cf Jn 2 13 14 5 1 14 7 1 10 14 8 2 10 22 23 353 Cf Mt 21 13 354 Jn 2 16 17 cf Ps 69 10 355 Cf Acts 2 46 3 1 5 20 21 etc 356 Cf Mt 24 1 2 357 Cf Mt 24 3 Lk 13 35 358 Cf Mk 14 57 58 Mt 27 39 40 359 Cf Mt 8 4 16 18 17 24 27 Lk 17 14 Jn 4 22 18 20 360 Cf Jn 2 21 Mt 12 6 361 Cf Jn 2 18 22 362 Jn 4 21 cf 4 23 24 Mt 27 51 Heb 9 11 Rev 21 22 363 Cf Lk 2 34 20 17 18 Ps 118 22 364 Cf Lk 5 30 7 36 11 37 14 1 365 Lk 18 9 5 32 cf Jn 7 49 9 34 366 Cf Jn 8 33 36 9 40 41 367 Cf Mt 9 13 Hos 6 6 368 Cf Lk 15 1 2 22 32 369 Mk 2 7 370 Cf Jn 5 18 10 33 17 6 26 371 Cf Mt 12 6 30 36 37 41 42 372 Jn 8 58 10 30 373 Jn 10 36 38 374 Cf Jn 3 7 6 44 375 Cf Isa 53 1 376 Cf Mk 3 6 Mt 26 64 66 377 Cf Lk 23 34 Acts 3 17 18 Mk 3 5 Rom 11 25 20 378 Jn 12 42 cf 7 50 9 16 17 10 19 21 19 38 39 379 Acts 6 7 15 5 21 20 380 Cf Jn 9 16 10 19 381 Cf Jn 9 22 382 Jn 11 48 50 383 Cf Mt 26 66 Jn 18 31 Lk 23 2 19 384 Cf Jn 19 12 15 21 385 Cf Mk 15 11 Acts 2 23 36 3 13 14 4 10 5 30 7 52 10 39 13 27 28 I Thess 2 14 15 386 Cf Lk 23 34 Acts 3 17 387 Mt 27 25 cf Acts 5 28 18 6 388 NA 4 389 Roman Catechism I 5 11 cf Heb 12 3 390 Cf Mt 25 45 Acts 9 4 5 391 Roman Catechism I 5 11 cf Heb 6 6 1 Cor 2 8 392 St Francis of Assisi Admonitio 5 3 393 Acts 2 23 394 Cf Acts 3 13 395

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    creatures which groan and travail yet and await the revelation of the sons of God 558 That is why Christians pray above all in the Eucharist to hasten Christ s return by saying to him 559 Marana tha Our Lord come 560 672 Before his Ascension Christ affirmed that the hour had not yet come for the glorious establishment of the messianic kingdom awaited by Israel 561 which according to the prophets was to bring all men the definitive order of justice love and peace 562 According to the Lord the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness but also a time still marked by distress and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church 563 and ushers in the struggles of the last days It is a time of waiting and watching 564 The glorious advent of Christ the hope of Israel 673 Since the Ascension Christ s coming in glory has been imminent 565 even though it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority 566 This eschatological coming could be accomplished at any moment even if both it and the final trial that will precede it are delayed 567 674 The glorious Messiah s coming is suspended at every moment of history until his recognition by all Israel for a hardening has come upon part of Israel in their unbelief toward Jesus 568 St Peter says to the Jews of Jerusalem after Pentecost Repent therefore and turn again that your sins may be blotted out that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and that he may send the Christ appointed for you Jesus whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old 569 St Paul echoes him For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead 570 The full inclusion of the Jews in the Messiah s salvation in the wake of the full number of the Gentiles 571 will enable the People of God to achieve the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ in which God may be all in all 572 The Church s ultimate trial 675 Before Christ s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers 573 The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth 574 will unveil the mystery of iniquity in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh 575 676 The Antichrist s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made

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    s power and authority Jesus Christ is Lord he possesses all power in heaven and on earth He is far above all rule and authority and power and dominion for the Father has put all things under his feet 549 Christ is Lord of the cosmos and of history In him human history and indeed all creation are set forth and transcendently fulfilled 550 669 As Lord Christ is also head of the Church which is his Body 551 Taken up to heaven and glorified after he had thus fully accomplished his mission Christ dwells on earth in his Church The redemption is the source of the authority that Christ by virtue of the Holy Spirit exercises over the Church The kingdom of Christ is already present in mystery on earth the seed and the beginning of the kingdom 552 670 Since the Ascension God s plan has entered into its fulfilment We are already at the last hour 553 Already the final age of the world is with us and the renewal of the world is irrevocably under way it is even now anticipated in a certain real way for the Church on earth is endowed already with a

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    until all things are subjected to him 671 Though already present in his Church Christ s reign is nevertheless yet to be fulfilled with power and great glory by the King s return to earth 556 This reign is still under attack by the evil powers even though they have been defeated definitively by Christ s Passover 557 Until everything is subject to him until there be realized new heavens and a new earth in which justice dwells the pilgrim Church in her sacraments and institutions which belong to this present age carries the mark of this world which will pass and she herself takes her place among the creatures which groan and travail yet and await the revelation of the sons of God 558 That is why Christians pray above all in the Eucharist to hasten Christ s return by saying to him 559 Marana tha Our Lord come 560 672 Before his Ascension Christ affirmed that the hour had not yet come for the glorious establishment of the messianic kingdom awaited by Israel 561 which according to the prophets was to bring all men the definitive order of justice love and peace 562 According to the Lord the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness but also a time still marked by distress and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church 563 and ushers in the struggles of the last days It is a time of waiting and watching 564 Notes 556 Lk 21 27 cf Mt 25 31 557 Cf 2 Thess 2 7 558 LG 48 3 cf 2 Pt 3 13 Rom 8 19 22 I Cor 15 28 559 Cf I Cor 11 26 2 Pt 3 11 12 560 I Cor 16 22 Rev 22 17

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    eBooks Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church The glorious advent of Christ the hope of Israel 673 Since the Ascension Christ s coming in glory has been imminent 565 even though it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority 566 This eschatological coming could be accomplished at any moment even if both it and the final trial that will precede it are delayed 567 674 The glorious Messiah s coming is suspended at every moment of history until his recognition by all Israel for a hardening has come upon part of Israel in their unbelief toward Jesus 568 St Peter says to the Jews of Jerusalem after Pentecost Repent therefore and turn again that your sins may be blotted out that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and that he may send the Christ appointed for you Jesus whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old 569 St Paul echoes him For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead 570 The full inclusion of the Jews in the Messiah s salvation in the wake of the full number of the Gentiles 571 will enable the People of God to achieve the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ in which God may be all in all 572 Notes 565 Cf Rev 22 20 566 Acts 1 7 Cf Mk 13 32 567 Cf Mt 24 44 I

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    Church s ultimate trial 675 Before Christ s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers 573 The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth 574 will unveil the mystery of iniquity in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh 575 676 The Antichrist s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgement The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism 576 especially the intrinsically perverse political form of a secular messianism 577 677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection 578 The kingdom will be fulfilled then not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy but only by God s victory over the final unleashing of evil which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven 579 God s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgement after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world 580 Notes 573 Cf Lk 18 8 Mt 24 12 574 Cf Lk 21 12 Jn 15 19 20 575 Cf 2 Thess 2 4 12 I Thess 5 2 3 2 Jn 7 I Jn 2 1 8 22 576 Cf DS

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