Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 145 560 Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem manifested the coming of the kingdom that the King-Messiah was going to accomplish by the Passover of his Death and Resurrection. It is with the celebration of that entry on Palm Sunday that the Church’s liturgy solemnly opens Holy Week. IN BRIEF 561 “The whole of Christ’s life was a continual teaching: his silences, his miracles, his gestures, his prayer, his love for people, his special affection for the little and the poor, his acceptance of the total sacrifice on the Cross for the redemption of the world, and his Resur- rection are the actualization of his word and the ful- fillment of Revelation” (John Paul II, CT 9). 562 Christ’s disciples are to conform themselves to himuntil he is formed in them (cf. Gal 4:19). “For this reason we, who have been made like to him, who have died with him and risen with him, are taken up into the mysteries of his life, until we reign together with him” ( LG 7 § 4). 563 No one, whether shepherd or wise man, can approach God here below except by kneeling before the manger at Bethlehem and adoring him hidden in the weakness of a new-born child. 564 By his obedience to Mary and Joseph, as well as by his humble work during the long years in Nazareth, Jesus gives us the example of holiness in the daily life of family and work. 565 From the beginning of his public life, at his baptism, Jesus is the “Servant,” wholly consecrated to the re- demptive work that he will accomplish by the “bap- tism” of his Passion. 566 The temptation in the desert shows Jesus, the humble Messiah, who triumphs over Satan by his total adher- ence to the plan of salvation willed by the Father. 567 The Kingdom of heaven was inaugurated on earth by Christ. “This kingdom shone out before men in the word, in the works, and in the presence of Christ” ( LG 5). The Church is the seed and beginning of this king- dom. Her keys are entrusted to Peter. 550, 2816