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The Profession of Faith

39

C

hapter

T

hree

M

an

s

R

esponse

to

G

od

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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.”

1

The ad-

equate response to this invitation is faith.

143

By faith,

man completely submits his intellect and his will

to God.

2

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.”

3

A

rticle

1

I BELIEVE

I.

T

he

O

bedience of

F

aith

144

To obey (from the Latin

ob-audire,

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”

145

The

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.”

4

By faith, he lived as a stranger and

pilgrim in the promised land.

5

By faith, Sarah was given to con-

ceive the son of the promise. And by faithAbraham offered his only

son in sacrifice.

6

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Abraham thus fulfills the definition of faith in

Hebrews

11:1: “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of

things not seen”:

7

“Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned

1

DV

2; cf.

Col

1:15;

1 Tim

1:17;

Ex

33:11;

Jn

15:14-15;

Bar

3:38 (Vulg.).

2 Cf.

DV

5.

3 Cf.

Rom

1:5; 16:26.

4

Heb

11:8; cf.

Gen

12:1-4.

5 Cf.

Gen

23:4.

6 Cf.

Heb

11:17.

7

Heb

11:1.

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