standable, for the establishment in power of the Mother Church of Jerusalem does indeed definitely introduce the Church's period of salvation, the history of the Church as the saving community of the risen Lord, who through his apostolic college and through his Spirit extends the Church in space and time.
In this brief analysis we can see sufficiently clearly that the mysteries of the Passover (death, resurrection and exaltation) and of Pentecost are the representation in human form, realized in the mystery of Christ, of the mystery of the redeeming Trinity. Passover and Pentecost are the interpretation on the human plane of the divine relations of Son to Father, and of the Son in unity with the Father to the Holy Spirit. For within the life of the Godhead, that the Son should be the principle of the Holy Spirit is something which he receives from the Father. In the sphere of the incarnation this gift of the Father is represented in the commission of the man Jesus to be Christ, to be the Kyrios and the sender of the Holy Spirit upon the world of men.
The mystery of Christ, seen in this way, is the mystery of Christmas that reaches its fulfilment, by way of the whole human life of Jesus, in a mystery of Passover and Pentecost. This whole forms for us the revelation of the redemptive mystery of the Trinity, being progressively realized in human form. Through the earthly mystery of worship in his life Christ "merited"78 or obtained for us from the____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Christ, the Sacrament of the Encounter with God. Contributors: E. Schillebeeckx - Author. Publisher: Sheed Andrews and McMeel. Place of publication: Mission, KS. Publication year: 1963. Page number: 36.
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