214. In what does the final judgment consist?
The final or universal judgment consists in a sentence of happiness or eternal
condemnation, which the Lord Jesus will issue in regard to the “just and
the unjust” (Acts 24:15) when he returns as the Judge of the living and the
dead. After the last judgment , the resurrected body will share in the
retribution which the soul received at the particular judgment.
215. When will this judgment occur?
This judgment will come at the end of the world and only God knows the day
and the hour.
216. What is the hope of the new heavens and the new earth?
After the final judgment the universe itself, freed from its bondage to decay,
will share in the glory of Christ with the beginning of “the new heavens” and
a “new earth” (2 Peter 3:13). Thus, the fullness of the Kingdom of God will
come about, that is to say, the definitive realization of the salvific plan
of God to “unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth”
(Ephesians 1:10). God will then be :all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28)
in eternal life.
217. What is the meaning of the work “Amen” with which we conclude our
profession of faith?
The Hebrew word “Amen,” which also concludes the last book of Sacred
Scripture, some of the prayers of the New Testament, and the liturgical
prayers of the Church, expresses our confident and total “yes” to what
we professed in the Creed, entrusting ourselves completely to him who is
the definitive “Amen” (Revelation 3:14; emphasis added), Christ the Lord.
218. What is the liturgy?
The liturgy is the celebration of the mystery of Christ and in particular
his paschal mystery. Through the exercise of the priestly office of
Jesus Christ the liturgy manifests in signs and brings about the
sanctification of humankind. The public worship which is due to God,
is offered by the Mystical Body of Christ, that is, by its head and
by its members.
219. What place does the liturgy occupy in the life of the Church?
The liturgy as the sacred action par excellence is the summit toward
which the activity of the Church is directed and it is likewise the
font from which all her power flows. Through the liturgy Christ continues
the work of our redemption in, with and through his Church.