CCC 520 In all of his life Jesus presents himself as our model. He is “the perfect man”,1 who invites us to become his disciples and follow him. In humbling himself, he has given us an example to imitate, through his prayer he draws us to pray, and by his poverty he calls us to accept freely the privation and persecutions that may come our way.2
CCC 2627 Two fundamental forms express this movement: our prayer ascends in the Holy Spirit through Christ to the Father – we bless him for having blessed us;3 it implores the grace of the Holy Spirit that descends through Christ from the Father – he blesses us.4
1 GS 38; cf. Rom 1 5:5; Phil 2:5.
2 Cf. Jn 13:15; Lk 11:1; Mt 5:11-12.
3 Cf. Eph 1:3-14; 2 Cor 1:3 7; 1 Pet 1:3-9.
4 Cf. 2 Cor 13:14; Rom 15:5-6,13; Eph 6:23-24.