... "I believe in eternal life" was the passage from the Creed chosen by the Pope, focusing on the final judgment. "But - he immediately said - do not be afraid." "When we think of the return of Christ and his final judgment, which will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during their earthly life, we perceive that we are faced with a mystery that hangs over us that we can not even imagine. A mystery that almost instinctively arouses in us a sense of awe, and perhaps even trepidation. However, if we think carefully about this fact, it can only swell the heart of a Christian and be a great reason of comfort and confidence."
Firstly, because the Christian revelation ends, in the Apocalypse, with "the embrace of Jesus, who is the fullness of life, the fullness of love. So we embrace Jesus! If we think of the judgment in this perspective, all fear and doubt vanishes and leaves a deep joy and expectation. It will be the time when we will be judged finally ready to be clothed with the glory of Christ, like a wedding garment, and be conducted to the banquet, an image of full and definitive communion with God".
("Pope: Never fear the final judgment, because Christ will always be at our side", Dec. 11, 2013, AsiaNews.it)
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