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Part One

magi, Simeon andAnna, the bride and groom at Cana, and the first

disciples.

726

At the end of this mission of the Spirit, Mary became the

Woman, the new Eve (“mother of the living”), the mother of the

“whole Christ.”

108

As such, she was present with the Twelve, who

“with one accord devoted themselves to prayer,”

109

at the dawn of

the “end time” which the Spirit was to inaugurate on the morning

of Pentecost with the manifestation of the Church.

Christ Jesus

727

The entire mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit, in the

fullness of time, is contained in this: that the Son is the one anointed

by the Father’s Spirit since his Incarnation—Jesus is the Christ, the

Messiah.

Everything in the second chapter of the Creed is to be read

in this light. Christ’s whole work is in fact a joint mission of the Son

and the Holy Spirit. Here, we shall mention only what has to do

with Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit and the gift of him by the

glorified Lord.

728

Jesus does not reveal the Holy Spirit fully, until he himself

has been glorified through his Death and Resurrection. Neverthe-

less, little by little he alludes to him even in his teaching of the

multitudes, as when he reveals that his own flesh will be food for

the life of the world.

110

He also alludes to the Spirit in speaking to

Nicodemus,

111

to the Samaritan woman,

112

and to those who take

part in the feast of Tabernacles.

113

To his disciples he speaks openly

of the Spirit in connection with prayer

114

and with the witness they

will have to bear.

115

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Only when the hour has arrived for his glorification does

Jesus

promise

the coming of the Holy Spirit, since his Death and

Resurrection will fulfill the promise made to the fathers.

116

The

Spirit of truth, the other Paraclete, will be given by the Father in

answer to Jesus’ prayer; he will be sent by the Father in Jesus’ name;

108 Cf.

Jn

19:25-27.

109

Acts

1:14.

110 Cf.

Jn

6:27, 51, 62-63.

111 Cf.

Jn

3:5-8.

112 Cf.

Jn

4:10, 14, 23-24.

113 Cf.

Jn

7:37-39.

114 Cf.

Lk

11:13.

115 Cf.

Mt

10:19-20.

116 Cf.

Jn

14:16-17, 26; 15:26; 16:7-15; 17:26.

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438, 695

536

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