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Chapter 7. The Good News: God Has Sent His Son • 85

Trinity itself. The mission of the Catholic Church is the Lord’s plan to

unite all people in the love of Jesus Christ, the Savior of all. This unity

can never detract from the uniqueness of cultures that pluralism recog-

nizes and respects.


1. Why is it important for you to appreciate the truth that the per-

son, words, and deeds of Jesus as seen in the Gospel accounts are

mysteries revealing to us the hidden plan of God for our salvation?

Conversely, what happens when this is forgotten?

2. The New Testament and the early Church Councils affirm in faith

that Jesus is true God and true man. What is the value for our faith

life in appreciating this truth of Revelation? What happens if we

forget any aspect of Christ’s identity?

3. What is your experience of cultural diversity? How has such diver-

sity influenced your sensitivity to others? Why is God’s plan for the

unity of all peoples through the love of Christ an even greater value?


• “The whole of Christ’s life was a continual teaching: his silences, his

miracles, his gestures, his prayer, his love for people, his special affec-

tion for the lowly and the poor, his acceptance of the total sacrifice

of the Cross for the redemption of the world, and his Resurrection

are the actualization of his word and the fulfillment of Revelation”

(CCC, no. 561).

• The name


means “God saves.” “There is no other name under

heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved” (Acts

4:12). The title


means “anointed one” (



• The title

Son of God

refers to the truth that Jesus Christ is the

unique and eternal Son of the Father. At Christ’s baptism and

Transfiguration, the Father says of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son”

(Mt 3:17; 17:5). To profess Jesus as


is to believe in his divinity.