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The Profession of Faith

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550

The coming of God’s kingdommeans the defeat of Satan’s:

“If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom

of God has come upon you.”

277

Jesus’

exorcisms

free some individu­

als from the domination of demons. They anticipate Jesus’ great

victory over “the ruler of this world.”

278

The kingdom of God will

be definitively established through Christ’s cross: “God reigned

from the wood.”

279

“The keys of the kingdom”

551

From the beginning of his public life Jesus chose certain

men, twelve in number, to be with him and to participate in his

mission.

280

He gives the Twelve a share in his authority and “sent

them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal.”

281

They

remain associated for ever with Christ’s kingdom, for through

them he directs the Church:

As my Father appointed a kingdom for me, so do I appoint

for you that you may eat and drink at my table in my

kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of

Israel.

282

552

Simon Peter holds the first place in the college of the

Twelve;

283

Jesus entrusted a unique mission to him. Through a

revelation from the Father, Peter had confessed: “You are the

Christ, the Son of the living God.” Our Lord then declared to him:

“You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the

gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”

284

Christ, the “living

stone,”

285

thus assures his Church, built on Peter, of victory over

the powers of death. Because of the faith he confessed Peter will

remain the unshakeable rock of the Church. His mission will be to

keep this faith from every lapse and to strengthen his brothers in

it.

286

277

Mt

12:26, 28.

278

Jn

12:31; cf.

Lk

8:26-39.

279

LH,

Lent, Holy Week, Evening Prayer, Hymn

Vexilla Regis:

Regnavit a ligno

Deus.”

280 Cf.

Mk

3:13-19.

281

Lk

9:2.

282

Lk

22:29-30.

283 Cf.

Mk

3:16; 9:2;

Lk

24:34;

1 Cor

15:5.

284

Mt

16:18.

285

1 Pet

2:4.

286 Cf.

Lk

22:32.

394

1673

440, 2816

858

765

880

153, 442

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