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The Profession of Faith

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To become a child in relation to God is the condition for

entering the kingdom.

205

For this, we must humble ourselves and

become little. Even more: to become “children of God” we must be

“born from above” or “born of God.”

206

Only when Christ is

formed in us will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us.

207

Christmas is the mystery of this “marvelous exchange”:

O marvelous exchange! Man’s Creator has become man,

born of the Virgin. We have been made sharers in the divin-

ity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity.

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The mysteries of Jesus’ infancy

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Jesus’

circumcision,

on the eighth day after his birth,

209

is

the sign of his incorporation into Abraham’s descendants, into the

people of the covenant. It is the sign of his submission to the Law

210

and his deputation to Israel’s worship, in which he will participate

throughout his life. This sign prefigures that “circumcision of

Christ” which is Baptism.

211

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The

Epiphany

is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of

Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of

Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (

magi

)

from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the

wedding feast at Cana in Galilee.

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In the magi, representatives of

the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of

the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the

Incarnation. The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay hom-

age to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the

messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the

nations.

213

Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and

worship him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning

toward the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise

as contained in the Old Testament.

214

The Epiphany shows that

“the full number of the nations” now takes its “place in the family

205 Cf.

Mt

18:3-4.

206

Jn

3:7; 1:13; 1:12; cf.

Mt

23:12.

207 Cf.

Gal

4:19.

208

LH,

Antiphon I of Evening Prayer for January 1st.

209 Cf.

Lk

2:21.

210 Cf.

Gal

4:4.

211 Cf.

Col

2:11-13.

212

Mt

2:1; cf.

LH,

Epiphany, Evening Prayer II, Antiphon at the Canticle of

Mary.

213 Cf.

Mt

2:2;

Num

24:17-19;

Rev

22:16.

214 Cf.

Jn

4:22;

Mt

2:4-6.

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439

711-716

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