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0836 L Fri 30 Nov 2001
For the feast of Saint Andrew today, the first reading at
Mass is Romans 10:9-18
Paul probably wrote this in the winter of AD 57-58, according
to the New Jerome Biblical Commentary. The apostles were
those sent, and so the reading is about missionary activity.
The statement of belief is "Jesus is Lord". The
Greek word used is Kyrios. In the Mass of the Roman Rite
today there is "Kyrie, eleison" meaning "Lord,
At the back of the Catechism of the Catholic Church there
is an index of citations. This passage has quite a few references,
just for the first verse of the reading, Rom 10:9, there are
three:14, 186, 449.
14. "Those who belong to Christ through faith
and Baptism must confess their baptismal faith before men.[Cf.
Mt 10:32 ; Rom 10:9 .] First therefore the
Catechism expounds revelation, by which God addresses and gives
himself to man, and the faith by which man responds to God (Section
One). The profession of faith summarizes the gifts that God gives
man: as the Author of all that is good; as Redeemer; and as Sanctifier.
It develops these in the three chapters on our baptismal faith
in the one God: the almighty Father, the Creator; his Son Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Saviour; and the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier,
in the Holy Church (Section Two). "
186. "From the beginning, the apostolic Church
expressed and handed on her faith in brief formulae normative
for all.[Cf. Rom 10:9 ; 1 Cor 15:3-5, etc .]
But already very early on, the Church also wanted to gather the
essential elements of her faith into organic and articulated
summaries, intended especially for candidates for Baptism:
This synthesis of faith was not made to accord with human opinions,
but rather what was of the greatest importance was gathered from
all the Scriptures, to present the one teaching of the faith
in its entirety. And just as the mustard seed contains a great
number of branches in a tiny grain, so too this summary of faith
encompassed in a few words the whole knowledge of the true religion
contained in the Old and the New Testaments.[St. Cyril of
Jerusalem, Catech. illum. 5, 12: PG 33, 521-524.]"
449. "By attributing to Jesus the divine title
'Lord', the first confessions of the Church's faith affirm from
the beginning that the power, honour and glory due to God the
Father are due also to Jesus, because 'he was in the form of
God',[Cf. Acts 2:34 - 36 ; Rom 9:5 ; Titus
2:13 ; Rev 5:13; Phil 2:6 .] and the Father manifested
the sovereignty of Jesus by raising him from the dead and exalting
him into his glory.[Cf. Rom 10:9 ; 1 Cor 12:3
; Phil 2:9-11 .]"
They highlight the importance of statements of belief and
this important teaching about Jesus.
Its interesting to note that the Australia flag includes Saint
Andrew's cross. Our flag has the Union Jack in the top left corner.
Scotland is represented on the Union Jack with the "saltire
cross (X), commonly called 'St Andrew's Cross'" (according
to the Oxford Dictionary of Saints).
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 30 November 2001.
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