The Profession of Faith
By his Revelation,
“the invisible God, from the fullness of
his love, addresses men as his friends, and moves among them, in
order to invite and receive them into his own company.”
equate response to this invitation is faith.
man completely submits his intellect and his will
With his whole being man gives his assent to God the
revealer. Sacred Scripture calls this human response to God, the
author of revelation, “the obedience of faith.”
To obey (from the Latin
to “hear or listen to”) in
faith is to submit freely to the word that has been heard, because
its truth is guaranteed by God, who is Truth itself. Abraham is the
model of such obedience offered us by Sacred Scripture. The Virgin
Mary is its most perfect embodiment.
Abraham—“father of all who believe”
Letter to the Hebrews,
in its great eulogy of the faith of
Israel’s ancestors, lays special emphasis on Abraham’s faith: “By
faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place
which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not
knowing where he was to go.”
By faith, he lived as a stranger and
pilgrim in the promised land.
By faith, Sarah was given to con-
ceive the son of the promise. And by faithAbraham offered his only
son in sacrifice.
Abraham thus fulfills the definition of faith in
11:1: “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of
things not seen”:
“Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned