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The Profession of Faith



Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem

manifested the coming of the

kingdom that the King-Messiah was going to accomplish by the

Passover of his Death and Resurrection. It is with the celebration

of that entry on Palm Sunday that the Church’s liturgy solemnly

opens Holy Week.



“The whole of Christ’s life was a continual teaching:

his silences, his miracles, his gestures, his prayer, his

love for people, his special affection for the little and

the poor, his acceptance of the total sacrifice on the

Cross for the redemption of the world, and his Resur-

rection are the actualization of his word and the ful-

fillment of Revelation” (John Paul II,




Christ’s disciples are to conform themselves to himuntil

he is formed in them (cf.


4:19). “For this reason we,

who have been made like to him, who have died with

him and risen with him, are taken up into the mysteries

of his life, until we reign together with him” (


7 § 4).


No one, whether shepherd or wise man, can approach

God here below except by kneeling before the manger

at Bethlehem and adoring him hidden in the weakness

of a new-born child.


By his obedience to Mary and Joseph, as well as by his

humble work during the long years in Nazareth, Jesus

gives us the example of holiness in the daily life of

family and work.


From the beginning of his public life, at his baptism,

Jesus is the “Servant,” wholly consecrated to the re-

demptive work that he will accomplish by the “bap-

tism” of his Passion.


The temptation in the desert shows Jesus, the humble

Messiah, who triumphs over Satan by his total adher-

ence to the plan of salvation willed by the Father.


The Kingdom of heaven was inaugurated on earth by

Christ. “This kingdom shone out before men in the

word, in the works, and in the presence of Christ” (


5). The Church is the seed and beginning of this king-

dom. Her keys are entrusted to Peter.

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