Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 161 paschal mystery” is offered to all men. 453 He calls his disciples to “take up [their] cross and follow [him],” 454 for “Christ also suffered for [us], leaving [us] an example so that [we] should follow in his steps.” 455 In fact Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming sacrifice those who were to be its first beneficiaries. 456 This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his re- demptive suffering. 457 Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven. 458 IN BRIEF 619 “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scrip- tures” ( 1 Cor 15:3). 620 Our salvation flows from God’s initiative of love for us, because “he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins” ( 1 Jn 4:10). “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself” ( 2 Cor 5:19). 621 Jesus freely offered himself for our salvation. Before- hand, during the Last Supper, he both symbolized this offering andmade it really present: “This ismy body which is given for you” ( Lk 22:19). 622 The redemption won by Christ consists in this, that he came “to give his life as a ransom for many” ( Mt 20:28), that is, he “loved [his own] to the end” ( Jn 13:1), so that they might be “ransomed from the futile ways inher- ited from [their] fathers” ( 1 Pet 1:18). 623 By his loving obedience to the Father, “unto death, even death on a cross” ( Phil 2:8), Jesus fulfills the atoning mission (cf. Isa 53:10) of the suffering Servant, who will “make many righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities” ( Isa 53:11; cf. Rom 5:19). 453 GS 22 § 5; cf. § 2. 454 Mt 16:24. 455 1 Pet 2:21. 456 Cf. Mk 10:39; Jn 21:18-19; Col 1:24. 457 Cf. Lk 2:35. 458 St. Rose of Lima, cf. P. Hansen, Vita mirabilis (Louvain, 1668). 1368, 1460 307, 2100 964