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Part One

1040

The Last Judgment will come when Christ returns in glory.

Only the Father knows the day and the hour; only he determines

the moment of its coming. Then through his Son Jesus Christ he

will pronounce the final word on all history. We shall know the

ultimate meaning of the whole work of creation and of the entire

economy of salvation and understand the marvellous ways by

which his Providence led everything towards its final end. The Last

Judgment will reveal that God’s justice triumphs over all the

injustices committed by his creatures and that God’s love is

stronger than death.

628

1041

The message of the Last Judgment calls men to conversion

while God is still giving them “the acceptable time, . . . the day of

salvation.”

629

It inspires a holy fear of God and commits them to

the justice of the Kingdom of God. It proclaims the “blessed hope”

of the Lord’s return, when he will come “to be glorified in his saints,

and to be marvelled at in all who have believed.”

630

VI.

T

he

H

ope of

the

N

ew

H

eaven and

the

N

ew

E

arth

1042

At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its

fullness. After the universal judgment, the righteous will reign for

ever with Christ, glorified in body and soul. The universe itself will

be renewed:

The Church . . . will receive her perfection only in the glory

of heaven, when will come the time of the renewal of all

things. At that time, together with the human race, the

universe itself, which is so closely related to man and which

attains its destiny through him, will be perfectly re-estab-

lished in Christ.

631

1043

Sacred Scripture calls this mysterious renewal, which will

transform humanity and the world, “new heavens and a new

earth.”

632

It will be the definitive realization of God’s plan to bring

under a single head “all things in [Christ], things in heaven and

things on earth.

633

1044

In this new universe, the heavenly Jerusalem, God will

have his dwelling among men.

634

“He will wipe away every tear

628 Cf.

Song

8:6.

629

2 Cor

6:2.

630

Titus

2:13;

2 Thess

1:10.

631

LG

48; cf.

Acts

3:21;

Eph

1:10;

Col

1:20;

2 Pet

3:10-13.

632

2 Pet

3:13; cf.

Rev

21:1.

633

Eph

1:10.

634 Cf.

Rev

21:5.

637

314

1432

2854

769

670

310

671

280, 518