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The Profession of Faith

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The Messiah’s characteristics are revealed above all in the

“Servant songs.”

82

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

slave.”

83

Taking our death upon himself, he can communicate to

us his own Spirit of life.

714

This is why Christ inaugurates the proclamation of the

Good News by making his own the following passage from

Isaiah:

84

The Spirit of the

Lord

God is upon me,

because the

Lord

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

Lord

’s favor.

715

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

and fidelity.”

85

St. Peter will proclaim their fulfillment on the

morning of Pentecost.

86

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.

716

The People of the “poor”

87

—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

Lord.”

88

82 Cf.

Isa

42:1-9; cf.

Mt

12:18-21;

Jn

1:32-34; then cf.

Isa

49:1-6; cf.

Mt

3:17;

Lk

2:32; finally cf.

Isa

50:4-10 and

Isa

52:13-53:12.

83

Phil

2:7.

84

Isa

61:1-2; cf.

Lk

4:18-19.

85 Cf.

Ezek

11:19; 36:25-28; 37:1-14;

Jer

31:31-34; and cf.

Joel

3:1-5.

86 Cf.

Acts

2:17-21.

87 Cf.

Zeph

2:3;

Pss

22:27; 34:3;

Isa

49:13; 61:1; etc.

88

Lk

1:17.

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