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Part One

540

Jesus’ temptation reveals the way in which the Son of God

is Messiah, contrary to the way Satan proposes to him and the way

men wish to attribute to him.

244

This is why Christ vanquished the

Tempter

for us:

“For we have not a high priest who is unable to

sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has

been tested as we are, yet without sinning.”

245

By the solemn forty

days of

Lent

the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of

Jesus in the desert.

“The Kingdom of God is at hand”

541

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee,

preaching the gospel of God, and saying: ‘The time is fulfilled, and

the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe in the gos-

pel.’”

246

“To carry out the will of the Father Christ inaugurated the

kingdom of heaven on earth.”

247

Now the Father’s will is “to raise

up men to share in his own divine life.”

248

He does this by gather-

ing men around his Son Jesus Christ. This gathering is the Church,

“on earth the seed and beginning of that kingdom.”

249

542

Christ stands at the heart of this gathering of men into the

“family of God.” By his word, through signs that manifest the reign

of God, and by sending out his disciples, Jesus calls all people to

come together around him. But above all in the great Paschal

mystery—his death on the cross and his Resurrection—he would

accomplish the coming of his kingdom. “And I, when I am lifted

up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” Into this union

with Christ all men are called.

250

244 Cf.

Mt

16:21-23.

245

Heb

4:15.

246

Mk

1:14-15.

247

LG

3.

248

LG

2.

249

LG

5.

250

Jn

12:32; cf.

LG

3.

2119

519, 2849

1438

2816

763

669, 768

865

2233

789