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Part One

Characteristics common to Jesus’ mysteries

516

Christ’s whole earthly life—his words and deeds, his

silences and sufferings, indeed his manner of being and speaking​

—is

Revelation

of the Father. Jesus can say: “Whoever has seen me

has seen the Father,” and the Father can say: “This is my Son, my

Chosen; listen to him!”

177

Because our Lord became man in order

to do his Father’s will, even the least characteristics of hismysteries

manifest “God’s love . . . among us.”

178

517

Christ’s whole life is a mystery of

redemption.

Redemption

comes to us above all through the blood of his cross,

179

but this

mystery is at work throughout Christ’s entire life:

— already in his Incarnation through which by becoming poor he

enriches us with his poverty;

180

— in his hidden life which by his submission atones for our disobe­

dience;

181

— in his word which purifies its hearers;

182

— in his healings and exorcisms by which “he took our infirmities

and bore our diseases”;

183

— and in his Resurrection by which he justifies us.

184

518

Christ’s whole life is a mystery of recapitulation. All Jesus

did, said, and suffered had for its aim restoring fallen man to his

original vocation:

When Christ became incarnate and was made man, he reca-

pitulated in himself the long history of mankind and pro-

cured for us a ‘short cut’ to salvation, so that what we had

lost inAdam, that is, being in the image and likeness of God,

we might recover in Christ Jesus.

185

For this reason Christ

experienced all the stages of life, thereby giving communion

with God to all men.

186

177

Jn

14:9;

Lk

9:35; cf.

Mt

17:5;

Mk

9:7 (“my beloved Son”).

178

1 Jn

4:9.

179 Cf.

Eph

1:7;

Col

1:13-14;

1 Pet

1:18-19.

180 Cf.

2 Cor

8:9.

181 Cf.

Lk

2:51.

182 Cf.

Jn

15:3.

183

Mt

8:17; cf.

Isa

53:4.

184 Cf.

Rom

4:25.

185 St. Irenaeus,

Adv. haeres.

3, 18, 1: PG 7/1, 932.

186 St. Irenaeus,

Adv. haeres.

3, 18, 7: PG 7/1, 937; cf. 2, 22, 4.

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668, 2748