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Part One

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Christ’s Transfiguration aims at strengthening the

apostles’ faith in anticipation of his Passion: the ascent

onto the “high mountain” prepares for the ascent to

Calvary. Christ, Head of the Church, manifests what

his Body contains and radiates in the sacraments: “the

hope of glory” (

Col

1:27; cf. St. Leo the Great,

Sermo

51,

3: PL 54, 310c).

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Jesus went up to Jerusalem voluntarily, knowing well

that there he would die a violent death because of the

opposition of sinners (cf.

Heb

12:3).

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Jesus’ entry into Jerusalemmanifests the coming of the

kingdom that the Messiah-King, welcomed into his

city by children and the humble of heart, is going to

accomplish by the Passover of his Death andResurrec­

tion.

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JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS

PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED ANDWAS BURIED

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The Paschal mystery of Christ’s cross and Resurrection

stands at the center of the Good News that the apostles, and the

Church following them, are to proclaim to the world. God’s saving

plan was accomplished “once for all”

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by the redemptive death

of his Son Jesus Christ.

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The Church remains faithful to the interpretation of “all

the Scriptures” that Jesus gave both before and after his Passover:

“Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and

enter into his glory?”

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Jesus’ sufferings took their historical,

concrete form from the fact that he was “rejected by the elders and

the chief priests and the scribes,” who handed “him to the Gentiles

to be mocked and scourged and crucified.”

315

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Faith can therefore try to examine the circumstances of Jesus’

death, faithfully handed on by the Gospels

316

and illuminated by

313

Heb

9:26.

314

Lk

24:26-27, 44-45.

315

Mk

8:31;

Mt

20:19.

316 Cf.

DV

19.

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