All three crucified men are under the same sentence – or
– “judgment.” They face thesame sentence of death but are also under God’s judgment as they face death – whichstandard will they choose?
The Father has delivered us from the dominion (kingdom) of darkness into theKingdom of his beloved son. Darkness means both evil and the power of the Evil One.Slavery to sin darkens the mind and makes it difficult to know the true light of God. Christ onthe Cross rescues us from the tyranny of Darkness and the Evil One, bringing us to theKingdom of light, truth, justice, peace (cf. Preface of the Mass), thus enabling us to enjoy the“glorious freedom of the children of God” (Rom 8:21).
– He transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved son: Here the initiative is allwith the Father – it is his rescue, but note that the kingdom is Christ’s. In 1 Cor 15:24-48,Paul says that the Church is entrusted to Christ until the final stage of the kingdom, when theSon will hand it over to the Father.
– Christ is the head of his body, the Church: “head” indicates both the principles ofauthority and vitality, as well as the source of life and growth. Christ forms the nucleus of aredeemed humanity, as his resurrection is the cause of the resurrection of those who followhim. Fullness is in Christ himself, so that no other intermediary is necessary.3.
References to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
: The coming of God's kingdom means the defeat of Satan's: "If it is by the Spirit of Godthat I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you."
Jesus' exorcisms freesome individuals from the domination of demons. They anticipate Jesus' great victory over"the ruler of this world.” The kingdom of God will be definitively established through Christ'scross: "God reigned from the wood."
In the New Testament, the word
can be translated by "kingship" (abstractnoun), "kingdom" (concrete noun) or "reign" (action noun). The Kingdom of God lies ahead ofus. It is brought near in the Word incarnate, it is proclaimed throughout the whole Gospel,and it has come in Christ's death and Resurrection. The Kingdom of God has been comingsince the Last Supper and, in the Eucharist, it is in our midst. The kingdom will come in glorywhen Christ hands it over to his Father: “It may even be . . . that the Kingdom of God meansChrist himself, whom we daily desire to come, and whose coming we wish to be manifestedquickly to us. For as he is our resurrection, since in him we rise, so he can also beunderstood as the Kingdom of God, for in him we shall reign.”
: The doctrine of original sin, closely connected with that of redemption by Christ,provides lucid discernment of man's situation and activity in the world. By our first parents'sin, the devil has acquired a certain domination over man, even though man remains free.Original sin entails "captivity under the power of him who thenceforth had the power of death,that is, the devil."
Ignorance of the fact that man has a wounded nature inclined to evil givesrise to serious errors in the areas of education, politics, social action, and morals.
: This dramatic situation of "the whole world [which] is in the power of the evil one"
makes man's life a battle: “The whole of man's history has been the story of dour combat withthe powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the lastday. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and