Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday, Easter VII: "this is eternal life"

... that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
-- Jn 17:1-11a

Christ is Lord of eternal life. Full right to pass definitive judgment 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 judgment to the Son". Yet the Son did not come to judge, but to save and to give the life he has in himself. 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.
-- CCC 679

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