Notes I will use to prepare April 18 Homily
Chapter 2

Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to live [just] as he lived.

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1 Jn 2:4–6
Our Communion in the Mysteries of Jesus

Our communion in the mysteries of Jesus

519 All Christ’s riches “are for every individual and are everybody’s property.”187 Christ did not live his life for himself but for us, from his Incarnation “for us men and for our salvation” to his death “for our sins” and Resurrection “for our justification.”188 He is still “our advocate with the Father,” who “always lives to make intercession” for us.189 He remains ever “in the presence of God on our behalf, bringing before him all that he lived and suffered for us.”190 (793; 602; 1085)

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CCC 519

This is what Jesus does for us, what is our relationship with Him. Father forgive them . . . Him interceding to the Father

God Takes the Initiative of Universal Redeeming Love

605 At the end of the parable of the lost sheep Jesus recalled that God’s love excludes no one: “So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”410 He affirms that he came “to give his life as a ransom for many”; this last term is not restrictive, but contrasts the whole of humanity with the unique person of the redeemer who hands himself over to save us.411 The Church, following the apostles, teaches that Christ died for all men without exception: “There is not, never has been, and never will be a single human being for whom Christ did not suffer.”412 (402; 634; 2793)

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CCC 605
Redemption and Grace

Christ Jesus our Lord, as no man who is or has been or ever will be whose nature will not have been assumed in Him, so there is, has been, or will be no man, for whom He has not suffered; although not all will be saved by the mystery of His passion. But because all are not redeemed by the mystery of His passion, He does not regard the greatness and the fullness of the price, but He regards the part of the unfaithful ones and those not believing in faith those things which He has worked through love [Gal. 5:6], because the drink of human safety, which has been prepared by our infirmity and by divine strength, has indeed in itself that it may be beneficial to all; but if it is not drunk, it does not heal.

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DS 624
Christ’s Whole Life Is an Offering to the Father

Christ’s whole life is an offering to the Father

606 The Son of God, who came down “from heaven, not to do [his] own will, but the will of him who sent [him],” said on coming into the world, “Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.” “And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” From the first moment of his Incarnation the Son embraces the Father’s plan of divine salvation in his redemptive mission: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.” The sacrifice of Jesus “for the sins of the whole world” expresses his loving communion with the Father. “The Father loves me, because I lay down my life,” said the Lord, “[for] I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.” (517; 536)

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CCC 606
Titles of the Holy Spirit

Titles of the Holy Spirit

692 When he proclaims and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus calls him the “Paraclete,” literally, “he who is called to one’s side,” ad-vocatus.18 “Paraclete” is commonly translated by “consoler,” and Jesus is the first consoler.19 The Lord also called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of truth.”20 (1433)

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CCC 692

III. Prayer of Intercession

III.Prayer of Intercession

2634 Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners.112 He is “able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”113 The Holy Spirit “himself intercedes for us … and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”114 (432)

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CCC 2634
Question X: When the Pastors of Souls Are Here Taken in Hand to Be Instructed, What Must Form Their First Consideration, that They May Rightly Fulfil the Functions of Their Duty

Question X

When the Pastors of Souls are here taken in hand to be instructed, what must form their First Consideration, that they may rightly fulfil the Functions of their Duty

That, therefore, seems to be first of all, that they always recollect that in this consists all the knowledge of a Christian man, or rather, as saith the Saviour, this is life eternal, that they may know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.w The work of a teacher in the Church will therefore chiefly be directed to this end, that the faithful earnestly desire to know Jesus Christ and him crucified,x that they be firmly convinced within themselves, and with the innermost piety and devotion of heart, believe, that there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved,y for he is the propitiation for our sins. But as hereby do we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments, the next consideration, and one intimately connected with the preceding, is to show also that the lives of the faithful are not to be wasted in ease and sloth, but that we ought to walk even as [Christ] himself walked,z and with all zeal follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, charity, meekness;a for he gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a people acceptable, following after good works.b These things the apostle commands pastors to speak and exhort.c

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RC, Pref. 10
Question VI: What Benefits Are Conferred on Men through the Ascension of Christ

And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins.m There is, indeed, nothing from whence the faithful ought to derive greater joy and delight than from the fact, that Jesus Christ is constituted the advocate of our cause and the intercessor for our salvation with the eternal Father, with whom his favour and influence are supreme. Finally [by his ascension], he prepared for us a place,n as he had promised, and entered, as our head, in the name of us all, into the possession of heavenly glory. For ascending into heaven, he threw open its gates, which had been closed against us by the sin of Adam, and, as he had foretold to his disciples at his last supper, secured for us a way, by which we might arrive at the happiness of heaven. To demonstrate this by the event, he introduced with himself, into the mansions of eternal bliss, the souls of the just, which he had liberated from prison.

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RC 1.7.6
Question IV: Motives to Inspire Us with Confidence in Prayer of Obtaining Those Things Which We Ask Therein

Question IV

Motives to inspire us with Confidence in Prayer of obtaining those things which we ask therein

In this duty of prayer, there is much to inspire us with confidence. We have the well-known benevolence and benignity of God towards us, when he commands us to call him Father, to give us to understand that we are his children: we have the almost countless number of those whose prayers to God have been successful:c we have that Supreme Intercessor Christ the Lord, who is ever ready to assist us, of whom we road in St. John: If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins;d and the Apostle Paul saith: It is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us;e and to Timothy: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus;f and also to the Hebrews:g Wherefore, in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God. Unworthy, then, though we be, to obtain what we ask, yet through the dignity of our most excellent mediator and intercessor, Jesus Christ, we should hope and confidently trust, that God will grant us all that we duly ask through him in prayer.

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RC 4.7.4
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