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Chapter 7. The Good News: God Has Sent His Son • 79

Toussaint was motivated by profound love of Jesus Christ, and his inspiring

story aptly leads us to a prayerful study of our blessed Lord.


If we want to know Jesus, we should know the Scripture. This is cer-

tainly true about the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which

were written “that you may [come to] believe that Jesus is the Messiah,

the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his

name” (Jn 20:31).

We ponder Christ’s person and his earthly words and deeds in terms



. His earthly life reveals his hidden divine Sonship and plan

for our salvation. His parables, miracles, sermons, and wisdom sayings

help us “to see our God made visible, and so we are caught up in love of

the God we cannot see” (First Preface for Christmas).

The Gospels tell us a lot of what we know about Jesus. In two of the

Gospels, we hear of his birth in the town of Bethlehem, to a young virgin

named Mary. None of the Gospels tell much of the first thirty years of

his life. We know he lived in the town of Nazareth with his mother and

foster father, St. Joseph, and that he learned to be a carpenter like his

foster father. The Gospels concentrate mostly on the events of his public

life or ministry, which began when he was around the age of thirty. Jesus

spent the last three years of his life traveling around the lands of ancient

Israel, teaching the people of the Kingdom of God and confirming his

identity as the Son of God through the miracles and wonders he per-

formed. He gathered around him many disciples from whom he selected

twelve who became the Apostles.

In the Gospels, we see and hear Jesus summon others to accept, live,

and share the Kingdom of God. The proclamation of the Kingdom of

God was fundamental to Jesus’ preaching. The Kingdom of God is his

presence among human beings calling them to a new way of life as indi-

viduals and as a community. This is a Kingdom of salvation from sin and

a sharing in divine life. It is the Good News that results in love, justice,

and mercy for the whole world. The Kingdom is realized partially on