Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 175 670 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. 1042 825 547 1043 769, 773 1043, 2046 2817 732 2612