As the liturgical year ends, the Church turns our attention to the Last Things: the final confrontation between good and evil, the end of the world, the universal judgment, God’s victory, and the joy of heaven. Next Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King. The CCC teaches on the phrase in the Apostles’ Creed, “From thence he will come again to judge the living and the dead” in 668-682 and 1038-1060. While the focus of the gospel to- day is on the part of the story which concerns the trials, persecution, and tribulation of the Church, the whole should be put into the proper sequence of events, because many will have questions about these things. The main teachings are that the world will end and be transformed, that there is a final judgment, and that Christ will be victorious.