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The Profession of Faith

131

Our communion in the mysteries of Jesus

519

All Christ’s riches “are for every individual and are every­

body’s property.”

187

Christ did not live his life for himself but

for

us,

from his Incarnation “for us men and for our salvation” to his

death “for our sins” and Resurrection “for our justification.”

188

He

is still “our advocate with the Father,” who “always lives to make

intercession” for us.

189

He remains ever “in the presence of God on

our behalf, bringing before him all that he lived and suffered for

us.”

190

520

In all of his life Jesus presents himself as

our model.

He is

“the perfect man,”

191

who invites us to become his disciples and

follow him. In humbling himself, he has given us an example to

imitate, through his prayer he draws us to pray, and by his poverty

he calls us to accept freely the privation and persecutions that may

come our way.

192

521

Christ enables us

to live in him

all that he himself lived, and

he lives it in us.

“By his Incarnation, he, the Son of God, has in a

certain way united himself with each man.”

193

We are called only

to become one with him, for he enables us as the members of his

Body to share in what he lived for us in his flesh as our model:

We must continue to accomplish in ourselves the stages of

Jesus’ life and his mysteries and often to beg him to perfect

and realize them in us and in his whole Church. . . . For it is

the plan of the Son of God to make us and the whole Church

partake in his mysteries and to extend them to and continue

them in us and in his whole Church. This is his plan for

fulfilling his mysteries in us.

194

II.

T

he

M

ysteries of

J

esus

’ I

nfancy and

H

idden

L

ife

The preparations

522

The coming of God’s Son to earth is an event of such

immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He

makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices,

187 John Paul II,

RH

11.

188

1 Cor

15:3

; Rom

4:25.

189

1 Jn

2:1;

Heb

7:25.

190

Heb

9:24.

191

GS

38; cf.

Rom

15:5;

Phil

2:5.

192 Cf.

Jn

13:15;

Lk

11:1;

Mt

5:11-12.

193

GS

22 § 2.

194 St. John Eudes,

LH,

Week 33, Friday, OR.

793

602

1085

459, 359

2607

2715

1391

711, 762