The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive 2853 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.~8°


II. To Judge the Living and the Dead

678 Following in the steps of the prophets and John the Baptist, Jesus announced the judgement of the Last Day in his preaching.~8’ Then will the conduct of each one and the secrets of hearts be brought to light.582 Then will the culpable unbelief that counted the offer of God’s grace as nothing be condemned.~8~ Our attitude to our neighbour will disclose acceptance or refusal of grace and divine love.~8~ On the Last Day Jesus will say: ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’~8~ 679 Christ is Lord of eternal life. Full right to pass definitive judgement on the works and hearts of men belongs to him as redeemer of the world. He ‘acquired’ this right by his cross. The Father has given ‘all judgement to the Son’.~86 Yet the Son did not come to judge, but to save and to give the life he has in himself.~8~ By rejecting grace in this life, one already judges oneself, receives


according to one’s works, and can even condemn oneself for all

eternity by rejecting the Spirit of love.~88


680 Christ the Lord already reigns through the Church, but all the things of this world are not yet subjected to him. The triumph of Christ’s kingdom will not come about without one last assault by the powers of evil.

681 OnJudgement Day at the end of the world, Christ will come in glory to achieve the definitive triumph ofgood over evil which, like the wheat and the tares, have grown up together in the course of history.

682 When he comes at the end of time to judge the living and the dead, the glorious Christ will reveal the secret disposition of hearts and will render to each man according to his works, and according to his acceptance or refusal of grace.