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The Profession of Faith

129

Paragraph 3. The Mysteries of Christ’s Life

512

Concerning Christ’s life the Creed speaks only about the

mysteries of the Incarnation (conception and birth) and Paschal

mystery (passion, crucifixion, death, burial, descent into hell, res-

urrection, and ascension). It says nothing explicitly about the mys­

teries of Jesus’ hidden or public life, but the articles of faith

concerning his Incarnation and Passover do shed light on the

whole

of his earthly life. “All that Jesus did and taught, from the begin-

ning until the day when he was taken up to heaven,”

171

is to be

seen in the light of the mysteries of Christmas and Easter.

513

According to circumstances catechesis will make use of all

the richness of the mysteries of Jesus. Here it is enough merely to

indicate some elements common to all the mysteries of Christ’s life

(I), in order then to sketch the principal mysteries of Jesus’ hidden

(II) and public (III) life.

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514

Many things about Jesus of interest to human curiosity do

not figure in the Gospels. Almost nothing is said about his hidden

life at Nazareth, and even a great part of his public life is not

recounted.

172

What is written in the Gospels was set down there

“so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,

and that believing you may have life in his name.”

173

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The Gospels were written by men who were among the

first to have the faith

174

and wanted to share it with others. Having

known in faith who Jesus is, they could see and make others see

the traces of his mystery in all his earthly life. From the swaddling

clothes of his birth to the vinegar of his Passion and the shroud of

his Resurrection, everything in Jesus’ life was a sign of his mys-

tery.

175

His deeds, miracles, and words all revealed that “in him

the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”

176

His humanity ap-

peared as “sacrament,” that is, the sign and instrument, of his

divinity and of the salvation he brings: what was visible in his

earthly life leads to the invisible mystery of his divine sonship and

redemptive mission.

171

Acts

1:1-2.

172 Cf.

Jn

20:30.

173

Jn

20:31.

174 Cf.

Mk

1:1;

Jn

21:24.

175 Cf.

Lk

2:7;

Mt

27:48;

Jn

20:7.

176

Col

2:9.

1163

426, 561

126

609, 774

477