Catechism of the Catholic Church

146 Part One 568 Christ’s Transfiguration aims at strengthening the apostles’ faith in anticipation of his Passion: the ascent onto the “high mountain” prepares for the ascent to Calvary. Christ, Head of the Church, manifests what his Body contains and radiates in the sacraments: “the hope of glory” ( Col 1:27; cf. St. Leo the Great, Sermo 51, 3: PL 54, 310c). 569 Jesus went up to Jerusalem voluntarily, knowing well that there he would die a violent death because of the opposition of sinners (cf. Heb 12:3). 570 Jesus’ entry into Jerusalemmanifests the coming of the kingdom that the Messiah-King, welcomed into his city by children and the humble of heart, is going to accomplish by the Passover of his Death andResurrec­ tion. A rticle 4 JESUS CHRIST SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE, WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED ANDWAS BURIED 571 The Paschal mystery of Christ’s cross and Resurrection stands at the center of the Good News that the apostles, and the Church following them, are to proclaim to the world. God’s saving plan was accomplished “once for all” 313 by the redemptive death of his Son Jesus Christ. 572 The Church remains faithful to the interpretation of “all the Scriptures” that Jesus gave both before and after his Passover: “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 314 Jesus’ sufferings took their historical, concrete form from the fact that he was “rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes,” who handed “him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified.” 315 573 Faith can therefore try to examine the circumstances of Jesus’ death, faithfully handed on by the Gospels 316 and illuminated by 313 Heb 9:26. 314 Lk 24:26-27, 44-45. 315 Mk 8:31; Mt 20:19. 316 Cf. DV 19. 1067 599