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The Profession of Faith

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Since the Ascension God’s plan has entered into its fulfill-

ment. We are already at “the last hour.”

554

“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 sanctity that is real but

imperfect.”

555

Christ’s kingdom already manifests its presence

through the miraculous signs that attend its proclamation by the

Church.

556

. . . 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.

557

This reign is still under attack by the evil

powers, even though they have been defeated definitively by

Christ’s Passover.

558

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.”

559

That is why Christians pray, above all in the Eucharist, to

hasten Christ’s return by saying to him:

560

Marana tha!

“Our Lord,

come!”

561

672

Before his Ascension Christ affirmed that the hour had not

yet come for the glorious establishment of the messianic kingdom

awaited by Israel

562

which, according to the prophets, was to bring

all men the definitive order of justice, love, and peace.

563

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

564

and ushers in the struggles of the last

days. It is a time of waiting and watching.

565

554

1 Jn

2:18; cf.

1 Pet

4:7.

555

LG

48 § 3; cf.

1 Cor

10:11.

556 Cf.

Mk

16:17-18, 20.

557

Lk

21:27; cf.

Mt

25:31.

558 Cf.

2 Thess

2:7.

559

LG

48 § 3; cf.

2 Pet

3:13;

Rom

8:19-22;

1 Cor

15:28.

560 Cf.

1 Cor

11:26;

2 Pet

3:11-12.

561

1 Cor

16:22;

Rev

22:17, 20.

562 Cf.

Acts

1:6-7.

563 Cf.

Isa

11:1-9.

564 Cf.

Acts

1:8;

1 Cor

7:26;

Eph

5:16;

1 Pet

4:17

565 Cf.

Mt

25:1, 13;

Mk

13:33-37;

1 Jn

2:18; 4:3;

1 Tim

4:1.

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547

1043

769, 773

1043, 2046

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732

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