Catechism of the Catholic Church

138 Part One 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 vanquished the Tempter for us: “For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sinning.” 245 By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert. “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 gos- pel.’” 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 gather- ing men around his Son Jesus Christ. This gathering is the Church, “on earth the seed and beginning of that kingdom.” 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. “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” Into this union with Christ all men are called. 250 244 Cf. Mt 16:21-23. 245 Heb 4:15. 246 Mk 1:14-15. 247 LG 3. 248 LG 2. 249 LG 5. 250 Jn 12:32; cf. LG 3. 2119 519, 2849 1438 2816 763 669, 768 865 2233 789