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The Catechism’s Use of Mark 10:32-45

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 2, 2011

474.  By its union to the divine wisdom in the person of the Word incarnate, Christ enjoyed in his human knowledge the fullness of understanding of the eternal plans he had come to reveal.( Mk 8:31; Mk 9:31; Mk 10:33-34; Mk 14:18-30) What he admitted to not knowing in this area, he elsewhere declared himself not sent to reveal.(Mk 13:32, Acts 1:7)

536.  The baptism of Jesus is on his part the acceptance and inauguration of his mission as God’s suffering Servant. He allows himself to be numbered among sinners; he is already “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”.(Jn 1:29 Isa 53:12) Already he is anticipating the “baptism” of his bloody death.(Mk 10:38 Lk 12:50) Already he is coming to “fulfil all righteousness”, that is, he is submitting himself entirely to his Father’s will: out of love he consents to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins.(Mat 3:15; Mat 26:39.) The Father’s voice responds to the Son’s acceptance, proclaiming his entire delight in his Son.(Lk 3:22 Isa 42:1) The Spirit whom Jesus possessed in fullness from his conception comes to “rest on him”.(Jn 1:32-33 Isa 11:2) Jesus will be the source of the Spirit for all mankind. At his baptism “the heavens were opened”(Mat 3:16) – the heavens that Adam’s sin had closed – and the waters were sanctified by the descent of Jesus and the Spirit, a prelude to the new creation.

557.  “When the days drew near for him to be taken up (Jesus) set his face to go to Jerusalem.”(Lk 9:51 Jn 13:1) By this decision he indicated that he was going up to Jerusalem prepared to die there. Three times he had announced his Passion and Resurrection; now, heading toward Jerusalem, Jesus says: “It cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.”(Lk 13:33 Mk 8:31-33; Mk 9:31-32; Mk 10:32-34).

608.  After agreeing to baptize him along with the sinners, John the Baptist looked at Jesus and pointed him out as the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”.(Jn 1:29 Lk 3:21 Mat 3:14-15 Jn 1:36) By doing so, he reveals that Jesus is at the same time the suffering Servant who silently allows himself to be led to the slaughter and who bears the sin of the multitudes, and also the Paschal Lamb, the symbol of Israel’s redemption at the first Passover.(Isa 53:7,12 Jer 11:19 Ex 12:3-14 Jn 19:36 1 Cor 5:7) Christ’s whole life expresses his mission: “to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”(Mk 10:45)Jesus freely embraced the Father’s redeeming love.

618.  The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, the “one mediator between God and men”.(1 Tim 2:5) But because in his incarnate divine person he has in some way united himself to every man, “the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery” is offered to all men. He calls his disciples to “take up (their) cross and follow (him)”,(Mat 16:24) for “Christ also suffered for (us), leaving (us) an example so that (we) should follow in his steps.”(1 Peter 2:21) In fact Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming sacrifice those who were to be its first beneficiaries.(Mk 10:39 Jn 21:18-19 Col 1:24) This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his redemptive suffering.(Lk 2:35) Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.

649.  As for the Son, he effects his own Resurrection by virtue of his divine power. Jesus announces that the Son of man will have to suffer much, die, and then rise.(Mk 8:31; Mk 9:9-31; Mk 10:34.) Elsewhere he affirms explicitly: “I lay down my life, that I may take it again. . . I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.”(Jn 10:17-18) “We believe that Jesus died and rose again.”(1 Th 4:14).

994.  But there is more. Jesus links faith in the resurrection to his own person: “I am the Resurrection and the life.”(Jn 11:25) It is Jesus himself who on the last day will raise up those who have believed in him, who have eaten his body and drunk his blood.(Jn 5:24-25; 6:40-54) Already now in this present life he gives a sign and pledge of this by restoring some of the dead to life,(Mk 5:21-42 Lk 7:11-17 Jn 11) announcing thereby his own Resurrection, though it was to be of another order. He speaks of this unique event as the “sign of Jonah,”(Mat 12:39) the sign of the temple: he announces that he will be put to death but rise thereafter on the third day.(Mk 10:34 Jn 2:19-22)

See also CCC. 1225;  1570;  2616;  2667.

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