The Profession of Faith
The Messiah’s characteristics are revealed above all in the
These songs proclaim the meaning of Jesus’
Passion and show how he will pour out the Holy Spirit to give life
to the many: not as an outsider, but by embracing our “form as
Taking our death upon himself, he can communicate to
us his own Spirit of life.
This is why Christ inaugurates the proclamation of the
Good News by making his own the following passage from
The Spirit of the
God is upon me,
has anointed me
to bring good tidings to the afflicted;
he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the
The prophetic texts that directly concern the sending of the
Holy Spirit are oracles by which God speaks to the heart of his
people in the language of the promise, with the accents of “love
St. Peter will proclaim their fulfillment on the
morning of Pentecost.
According to these promises, at the “end
time” the Lord’s Spirit will renew the hearts of men, engraving a
new law in them. He will gather and reconcile the scattered and
divided peoples; he will transform the first creation, and God will
dwell there with men in peace.
The People of the “poor”
—those who, humble andmeek,
rely solely on their God’s mysterious plans, who await the justice,
not of men but of theMessiah—are in the end the great achievement
of the Holy Spirit’s hidden mission during the time of the promises
that prepare for Christ’s coming. It is this quality of heart, purified
and enlightened by the Spirit, which is expressed in the Psalms. In
these poor, the Spirit is making ready “a people prepared for the
1:32-34; then cf.
2:32; finally cf.
11:19; 36:25-28; 37:1-14;
31:31-34; and cf.
49:13; 61:1; etc.