Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the faithful gathered for the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe, reflected on the last judgment, the subject of the day’s Gospel reading. His Holiness noted that the day as the last Sunday of the liturgical year and conveyed that Jesus Christ’s kingship is one of guidance and service but it is also a kingship that at the end of time will be asserted in judgement.

As reported by news.va, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “The vision of the second coming of Christ, presented in the Gospel, introduces the final judgment, when all humanity will appear before Him and Jesus exercising His authority, will separate one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Further, His Holiness added, “At the end of our life, we will be judged on love, that is, on our concrete commitment to love and to serve Jesus in our smallest and most needy brothers.”

His Holiness Pope Francis concluded his remarks with a prayer that “The Virgin Mary might help us to encounter Him and to receive Him in His Word and in the Eucharist and at the same time in our brothers and in our sisters who suffer hunger, illness, oppression, injustice.”