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The Profession of Faith

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paschal mystery” is offered to all men.

453

He calls his disciples to

“take up [their] cross and follow [him],”

454

for “Christ also suffered

for [us], leaving [us] an example so that [we] should follow in his

steps.”

455

In fact Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming

sacrifice those who were to be its first beneficiaries.

456

This is

achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated

more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his re-

demptive suffering.

457

Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we

may get to heaven.

458

IN BRIEF

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“Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scrip-

tures” (

1 Cor

15:3).

620

Our salvation flows from God’s initiative of love for

us, because “he loved us and sent his Son to be the

expiation for our sins” (

1 Jn

4:10). “God was in Christ

reconciling the world to himself” (

2 Cor

5:19).

621

Jesus freely offered himself for our salvation. Before-

hand, during the Last Supper, he both symbolized

this offering andmade it really present: “This ismy body

which is given for you” (

Lk

22:19).

622

The redemption won by Christ consists in this, that he

came “to give his life as a ransom for many” (

Mt

20:28),

that is, he “loved [his own] to the end” (

Jn

13:1), so that

they might be “ransomed from the futile ways inher-

ited from [their] fathers” (

1 Pet

1:18).

623

By his loving obedience to the Father, “unto death,

even death on a cross” (

Phil

2:8), Jesus fulfills the

atoning mission (cf.

Isa

53:10) of the suffering Servant,

who will “make many righteous; and he shall bear

their iniquities” (

Isa

53:11; cf.

Rom

5:19).

453

GS

22 § 5; cf. § 2.

454

Mt

16:24.

455

1 Pet

2:21.

456 Cf.

Mk

10:39;

Jn

21:18-19;

Col

1:24.

457 Cf.

Lk

2:35.

458 St. Rose of Lima, cf. P. Hansen,

Vita mirabilis

(Louvain, 1668).

1368, 1460

307, 2100

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