The Profession of Faith
The proclamation of the Kingdom of God
is called to enter the kingdom. First announced
to the children of Israel, this messianic kingdom is intended to
accept men of all nations.
To enter it, one must first accept Jesus’
The word of the Lord is compared to a seed which is sown
in a field; those who hear it with faith and are numbered
among the little flock of Christ have truly received the king-
dom. Then, by its own power, the seed sprouts and grows
until the harvest.
The kingdom belongs
to the poor and lowly,
those who have accepted it with humble hearts. Jesus is sent to
“preach good news to the poor”;
he declares them blessed, for
“theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
To them—the “little ones”—
the Father is pleased to reveal what remains hidden from the wise
and the learned.
Jesus shares the life of the poor, from the cradle
to the cross; he experiences hunger, thirst, and privation.
identifies himself with the poor of every kind and makes active
love toward them the condition for entering his kingdom.
to the table of the kingdom: “I came
not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
He invites them to that
conversion without which one cannot enter the kingdom, but
shows them in word and deed his Father’s boundless mercy for
them and the vast “joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.”
The supreme proof of his love will be the sacrifice of his own life
“for the forgiveness of sins.”
Jesus’ invitation to enter his kingdom comes in the form of
a characteristic feature of his teaching.
parables he invites people to the feast of the kingdom, but he also
asks for a radical choice: to gain the kingdom, one must give
Words are not enough; deeds are required.
8:11; 10:5-7; 28:19.
4:18; cf. 7:22.
15:7; cf. 7:11-32.