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    life in the community From this whole period it is revealed to us that Jesus was obedient to his parents and that he increased in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and man 222 532 Jesus obedience to his mother and legal father fulfils the fourth commandment perfectly and was the temporal image of his filial obedience to his Father in heaven The everyday obedience of Jesus to Joseph and Mary both announced and anticipated the obedience of Holy Thursday Not my will 223 The obedience of Christ in the daily routine of his hidden life was already inaugurating his work of restoring what the disobedience of Adam had destroyed 224 533 The hidden life at Nazareth allows everyone to enter into fellowship with Jesus by the most ordinary events of daily life The home of Nazareth is the school where we begin to understand the life of Jesus the school of the Gospel First then a lesson of silence May esteem for silence that admirable and indispensable condition of mind revive in us A lesson on family life May Nazareth teach us what family life is its communion of love its austere and simple beauty and its sacred and inviolable character A lesson of work Nazareth home of the Carpenter s Son in you I would choose to understand and proclaim the severe and redeeming law of human work To conclude I want to greet all the workers of the world holding up to them their great pattern their brother who is God 225 534 The finding of Jesus in the temple is the only event that breaks the silence of the Gospels about the hidden years of Jesus 226 Here Jesus lets us catch a glimpse of the mystery of his total consecration to a

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    in faith he grants what they ask 270 So miracles strengthen faith in the One who does his Father s works they bear witness that he is the Son of God 271 But his miracles can also be occasions for offence 272 they are not intended to satisfy people s curiosity or desire for magic Despite his evident miracles some people reject Jesus he is even accused of acting by the power of demons 273 549 By freeing some individuals from the earthly evils of hunger injustice illness and death 274 Jesus performed messianic signs Nevertheless he did not come to abolish all evils here below 275 but to free men from the gravest slavery sin which thwarts them in their vocation as God s sons and causes all forms of human bondage 276 550 The coming of God s kingdom means the defeat of Satan s If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons then the kingdom of God has come upon you 277 Jesus exorcisms free some individuals from the domination of demons They anticipate Jesus great victory over the ruler of this world 278 The kingdom of God will be definitively established through Christ s cross God reigned from the wood 279 The keys of the kingdom 551 From the beginning of his public life Jesus chose certain men twelve in number to be with him and to participate in his mission 280 He gives the Twelve a share in his authority and sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal 281 They remain associated for ever with Christ s kingdom for through them he directs the Church As my Father appointed a kingdom for me so do I appoint for you that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel 282 552 Simon Peter holds the first place in the college of the Twelve 283 Jesus entrusted a unique mission to him Through a revelation from the Father Peter had confessed You are the Christ the Son of the living God Our Lord then declared to him You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it 284 Christ the living Stone 285 thus assures his Church built on Peter of victory over the powers of death Because of the faith he confessed Peter will remain the unshakeable rock of the Church His mission will be to keep this faith from every lapse and to strengthen his brothers in it 286 553 Jesus entrusted a specific authority to Peter I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven 287 The power of the keys designates authority to govern the house of God which is the Church Jesus the Good Shepherd confirmed this mandate after his Resurrection Feed my sheep 288 The power to bind and loose connotes the authority to absolve sins to pronounce doctrinal judgements and to make disciplinary decisions in the Church Jesus entrusted this authority to the Church through the ministry of the apostles 289 and in particular through the ministry of Peter the only one to whom he specifically entrusted the keys of the kingdom A foretaste of the kingdom the Transfiguration 554 From the day Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God the Master began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things and be killed and on the third day be raised 290 Peter scorns this prediction nor do the others understand it any better than he 291 In this context the mysterious episode of Jesus Transfiguration takes place on a high mountain 292 before three witnesses chosen by himself Peter James and John Jesus face and clothes become dazzling with light and Moses and Elijah appear speaking of his departure which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem 293 A cloud covers him and a voice from heaven says This is my Son my Chosen listen to him 294 555 For a moment Jesus discloses his divine glory confirming Peter s confession He also reveals that he will have to go by the way of the cross at Jerusalem in order to enter into his glory 295 Moses and Elijah had seen God s glory on the Mountain the Law and the Prophets had announced the Messiah s sufferings 296 Christ s Passion is the will of the Father the Son acts as God s servant 297 the cloud indicates the presence of the Holy Spirit The whole Trinity appeared the Father in the voice the Son in the man the Spirit in the shining cloud 298 You were transfigured on the mountain and your disciples as much as they were capable of it beheld your glory O Christ our God so that when they should see you crucified they would understand that your Passion was voluntary and proclaim to the world that you truly are the splendour of the Father 299 556 On the threshold of the public life the baptism on the threshold of the Passover the Transfiguration Jesus baptism proclaimed the mystery of the first regeneration namely our Baptism the Transfiguration is the sacrament of the second regeneration our own Resurrection 300 From now on we share in the Lord s Resurrection through the Spirit who acts in the sacraments of the Body of Christ The Transfiguration gives us a foretaste of Christ s glorious coming when he will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body 301 But it also recalls that it is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God 302 Peter did not yet understand this when he wanted to remain with Christ on the mountain It has

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    Son 231 This is the manifestation Epiphany of Jesus as Messiah of Israel and Son of God 536 The baptism of Jesus is on his part the acceptance and inauguration of his mission as God s suffering Servant He allows himself to be numbered among sinners he is already the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world 232 Already he is anticipating the baptism of his bloody death 233 Already he is coming to fulfil all righteousness that is he is submitting himself entirely to his Father s will out of love he consents to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins 234 The Father s voice responds to the Son s acceptance proclaiming his entire delight in his Son 235 The Spirit whom Jesus possessed in fullness from his conception comes to rest on him 236 Jesus will be the source of the Spirit for all mankind At his baptism the heavens were opened 237 the heavens that Adam s sin had closed and the waters were sanctified by the descent of Jesus and the Spirit a prelude to the new creation 537 Through Baptism the Christian is sacramentally assimilated to Jesus who in his own baptism anticipates his death and resurrection The Christian must enter into this mystery of humble self abasement and repentance go down into the water with Jesus in order to rise with him be reborn of water and the Spirit so as to become the Father s beloved son in the Son and walk in newness of life 238 Let us be buried with Christ by Baptism to rise with him let us go down with him to be raised with him and let us rise with him to be glorified with him 239 Everything that happened

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    lives among wild beasts and angels minister to him 241 At the end of this time Satan tempts him three times seeking to compromise his filial attitude toward God Jesus rebuffs these attacks which recapitulate the temptations of Adam in Paradise and of Israel in the desert and the devil leaves him until an opportune time 242 539 The evangelists indicate the salvific meaning of this mysterious event Jesus is the new Adam who remained faithful just where the first Adam had given in to temptation Jesus fulfils Israel s vocation perfectly in contrast to those who had once provoked God during forty years in the desert Christ reveals himself as God s Servant totally obedient to the divine will In this Jesus is the devil s conqueror he binds the strong man to take back his plunder 243 Jesus victory over the tempter in the desert anticipates victory at the Passion the supreme act of obedience of his filial love for the Father 540 Jesus temptation reveals the way in which the Son of God is Messiah contrary to the way Satan proposes to him and the way men wish to attribute to him 244 This is why Christ

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    10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church The kingdom of God is at hand 541 Now after John was arrested Jesus came into Galilee preaching the gospel of God and saying The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand repent and believe in the gospel 246 To carry out the will of the Father Christ inaugurated the kingdom of heaven on earth 247 Now the Father s will is to raise up men to share in his own divine life 248 He does this by gathering men around his Son Jesus Christ This gathering is the Church on earth the seed and beginning of that kingdoms 249 542 Christ stands at the heart of this gathering of men into the family of God By his word through signs that manifest the reign of God and by sending out his disciples Jesus calls all people to come together around him But above all in the great Paschal mystery his death on the cross and his Resurrection he would accomplish the coming of his kingdom

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    the poor and lowly which means those who have accepted it with humble hearts Jesus is sent to preach good news to the poor 253 he declares them blessed for theirs is the kingdom of heaven 254 To them the little ones the Father is pleased to reveal what remains hidden from the wise and the learned 255 Jesus shares the life of the poor from the cradle to the cross he experiences hunger thirst and privation 256 Jesus identifies himself with the poor of every kind and makes active love toward them the condition for entering his kingdom 257 545 Jesus invites sinners to the table of the kingdom I came not to call the righteous but sinners 258 He invites them to that conversion without which one cannot enter the kingdom but shows them in word and deed his Father s boundless mercy for them and the vast joy in heaven over one sinner who repents 259 The supreme proof of his love will be the sacrifice of his own life for the forgiveness of sins 260 546 Jesus invitation to enter his kingdom comes in the form of parables a characteristic feature of his teaching 261 Through his parables he invites people to the feast of the kingdom but he also asks for a radical choice to gain the kingdom one must give everything 262 Words are not enough deeds are required 263 The parables are like mirrors for man will he be hard soil or good earth for the word 264 What use has he made of the talents he has received 265 Jesus and the presence of the kingdom in this world are secretly at the heart of the parables One must enter the kingdom that is become a disciple of Christ in order to

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    with many mighty works and wonders and signs which manifest that the kingdom is present in him and attest that he was the promised Messiah 268 548 The signs worked by Jesus attest that the Father has sent him They invite belief in him 269 To those who turn to him in faith he grants what they ask 270 So miracles strengthen faith in the One who does his Father s works they bear witness that he is the Son of God 271 But his miracles can also be occasions for offence 272 they are not intended to satisfy people s curiosity or desire for magic Despite his evident miracles some people reject Jesus he is even accused of acting by the power of demons 273 549 By freeing some individuals from the earthly evils of hunger injustice illness and death 274 Jesus performed messianic signs Nevertheless he did not come to abolish all evils here below 275 but to free men from the gravest slavery sin which thwarts them in their vocation as God s sons and causes all forms of human bondage 276 550 The coming of God s kingdom means the defeat of Satan s If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons then the kingdom of God has come upon you 277 Jesus exorcisms free some individuals from the domination of demons They anticipate Jesus great victory over the ruler of this world 278 The kingdom of God will be definitively established through Christ s cross God reigned from the wood 279 Notes 268 Acts 2 22 cf Lk 7 18 23 269 cf Jn 5 36 10 25 38 270 Cf Mk 5 25 34 10 52 etc 271 Cf Jn 10 31 38 272 Mt 11 6 273 Cf

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    with him and to participate in his mission 280 He gives the Twelve a share in his authority and sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal 281 They remain associated for ever with Christ s kingdom for through them he directs the Church As my Father appointed a kingdom for me so do I appoint for you that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel 282 552 Simon Peter holds the first place in the college of the Twelve 283 Jesus entrusted a unique mission to him Through a revelation from the Father Peter had confessed You are the Christ the Son of the living God Our Lord then declared to him You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it 284 Christ the living Stone 285 thus assures his Church built on Peter of victory over the powers of death Because of the faith he confessed Peter will remain the unshakeable rock of the Church His mission will be to keep this faith from every lapse and to strengthen his brothers in it 286 553 Jesus entrusted a specific authority to Peter I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven 287 The power of the keys designates authority to govern the house of God which is the Church Jesus the Good Shepherd confirmed this mandate after his Resurrection Feed my sheep 288 The power to bind and loose connotes the authority to absolve sins to pronounce doctrinal judgements and to make disciplinary

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