The Profession of Faith
Our communion in the mysteries of Jesus
All Christ’s riches “are for every individual and are every
Christ did not live his life for himself but
from his Incarnation “for us men and for our salvation” to his
death “for our sins” and Resurrection “for our justification.”
is still “our advocate with the Father,” who “always lives to make
intercession” for us.
He remains ever “in the presence of God on
our behalf, bringing before him all that he lived and suffered for
In all of his life Jesus presents himself as
“the perfect man,”
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.
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.”
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.
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,
22 § 2.
194 St. John Eudes,
Week 33, Friday, OR.