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Part One

reveals that Jesus is at the same time the suffering Servant who silently

allows himself to be led to the slaughter and who bears the sin of the

multitudes, andalso the Paschal Lamb, the symbol of Israel’s redemp­

tion at the first Passover.

423

Christ’s whole life expresses his mission:

“to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

424

Jesus freely embraced the Father’s redeeming love

609

By embracing in his human heart the Father’s love for men,

Jesus “loved them to the end,” for “greater love has no man than

this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

425

In suffering

and death his humanity became the free and perfect instrument of

his divine love which desires the salvation of men.

426

Indeed, out

of love for his Father and for men, whom the Father wants to save,

Jesus freely accepted his Passion and death: “No one takes [my life]

from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.”

427

Hence the

sovereign freedom of God’s Son as he went out to his death.

428

At the Last Supper Jesus anticipated the free offering of his life

610

Jesus gave the supreme expression of his free offering of

himself at the meal shared with the twelve Apostles “on the night

he was betrayed.”

429

On the eve of his Passion, while still free, Jesus

transformed this Last Supper with the apostles into the memorial

of his voluntary offering to the Father for the salvation of men:

“This is my body which is given for you.” “This is my blood of the

covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of

sins.”

430

611

The Eucharist that Christ institutes at that moment will be the

memorial of his sacrifice.

431

Jesus includes the apostles in his own

offering and bids them perpetuate it.

432

By doing so, the Lord insti­

tutes his apostles as priests of the New Covenant: “For their sakes I

sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

433

423

Isa

53:7, 12; cf.

Jer

11:19;

Ex

12:3-14;

Jn

19:36;

1 Cor

5:7.

424

Mk

10:45.

425

Jn

13:1; 15:13.

426 Cf.

Heb

2:10, 17-18; 4:15; 5:7-9.

427

Jn

10:18.

428 Cf.

Jn

18:4-6;

Mt

26:53.

429

Roman Missal,

EP III, 110; cf.

Mt

26:20;

1 Cor

11:23.

430

Lk

22:19;

Mt

26:28; cf.

1 Cor

5:7.

431

1 Cor

11:25.

432 Cf.

Lk

22:19.

433

Jn

17:19; cf. Council of Trent: DS 1752; 1764.

517

478

515

272, 539

766

1337

1364

1341, 1566