Friday, May 29, 2015

The essence of the Creed

by José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl)
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May 31, 2015

Matthew 28:16-20

Throughout the centuries, Christian theologians have produced intensive studies on the Trinity. However, many Christians of our time don't manage to grasp what these admirable doctrines have to do with their lives. Apparently, today we need to hear about God in humble and simple words that touch our poor, confused and discouraged hearts, and comfort our wavering faith. Maybe we need to recover the essence of our creed to learn to experience it with new joy.

"I believe in God the Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth." We aren't alone in the face of our problems and conflicts. We aren't forgotten; God is our beloved "Father." That's what Jesus called Him and so we call Him. He is the source and purpose of our life. He has created all of us just for love, and He awaits all of us with a Father's heart at the end of our journey through this world. His name is now forgotten and denied by many. Our children are going away from Him, and we believers don't know how to spread our faith to them, but God is still watching us all with love. Although we are full of doubts, we mustn't lose faith in God as Creator and Father as we would have lost our last hope.

"I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord." He is the great gift that God has given the world. He has told us how the Father is. For us, Jesus will never be just another man. Looking at him, we see the Father -- in his gestures, we grasp his tenderness and understanding. In him, we can feel the human, close, friendly God. This Jesus, the beloved Son of God, has encouraged us to build a more fraternal and happy life for all. This is what the Father wants most. He has also shown us the path to follow -- "Be merciful as your Father is merciful." If we forget Jesus, who would take his space? Who could offer us his light and hope?

"I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life." This mystery of God is not something distant. It is present deep within each of us. We can grasp Him as the Spirit that gives hope to our lives, as Love that leads us to those who are suffering. This Spirit is the best that is within us.

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