Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  73 / 904 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 73 / 904 Next Page
Page Background

The Profession of Faith

73

277

God shows forth his almighty power by converting us

from our sins and restoring us to his friendship by

grace. “O God, who manifest your almighty power

above all by pardoning and showing mercy . . .”

(

Roman Missal,

26th Sunday, Collect).

278

If we do not believe that God’s love is almighty, how

can we believe that the Father could create us, the Son

redeem us, and the Holy Spirit sanctify us?

Paragraph 4. The Creator

279

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the

earth.”

116

Holy Scripture begins with these solemn words. The

profession of faith takes them up when it confesses that God the

Father almighty is “Creator of heaven and earth” (

Apostles’ Creed

),

“of all things visible and invisible” (

Nicene Creed

). We shall speak first

of the Creator, then of creation, and finally of the fall into sin from

which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to raise us up again.

280

Creation is the foundation of “all God’s saving plans,” the

“beginning of the history of salvation”

117

that culminates in Christ.

Conversely, the mystery of Christ casts conclusive light on the

mystery of creation and reveals the end forwhich “in the beginning

God created the heavens and the earth”: from the beginning, God

envisaged the glory of the new creation in Christ.

118

281

And so the readings of the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the new

creation in Christ, begin with the creation account; likewise in the Byzan-

tine liturgy, the account of creation always constitutes the first reading at

the vigils of the great feasts of the Lord. According to ancient witnesses the

instruction of catechumens for Baptism followed the same itinerary.

119

I.

C

atechesis on

C

reation

282

Catechesis on creation is of major importance. It concerns

the very foundations of human and Christian life: for it makes

explicit the response of the Christian faith to the basic question

116

Gen

1:1.

117

GCD

51.

118

Gen

1:1; cf.

Rom

8:18-23.

119 Cf. Egeria,

Peregrinatio ad loca sancta,

46: PLS I, 1047; St. Augustine,

De

catechizandis rudibus

3, 5: PL 40, 256.

288

1043

1095