Benedict XVI on Jesus and the Apocalypse

Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI’s words from the Sunday Angelus (Rome, Nov. 18, 2012) provide a helpful perspective on a theme that is often overlooked by Catholics and misunderstood by others — Christian and non-Christian alike:

Jesus does not describe the end of the world, and when He uses apocalyptic images, He does not act as a ‘seer’. On the contrary, He wishes to ensure that His disciples in every age remain unmoved by dates and predictions, and gives them instead a more profound understanding, showing them the right path to take, now and in the future, towards eternal life. Everything changes, the Lord reminds us, but the Word of God does not change, and before it each of us is responsible for our own actions.

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