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.