Jesus Son and Savior: Catechesis on the Creed, part II (1986-1989)

1986,  August   27  
Sin Involves the Deep Deformation of Creation
Inc.: After the catecheses on God as One and Three, the provident Creator, Father and Lord of the universe, …

1986,  September   3  
Sin Involves the Misuse of God's Gifts
Inc.: Although the formulas of faith use few words when speaking of sin, the term and the concept of "sin" …

1986,  September   10  
Original Sin Causes a Fundamental Change in Mankind
Inc.: The description of the first sin, which we find in the third chapter of Genesis, acquires a greater …

1986,  September   17  
The Universality of Sin in Human History
Inc.: We can summarize the content of the previous catechesis in the words of the Second Vatican Council: …

1986,  September   24  
The Church's Teaching on Original Sin
Inc.: Thanks to the previous catechesis of the present series, we have before our eyes, on the one hand, the …

1986,  October   1  
Consequences of Original Sin for All Humanity
Inc.: The Council of Trent solemnly expressed the Church's faith concerning original sin. In the previous …

1986,  October   8  
The State of Man in Fallen Nature
Inc.: The profession of faith proclaimed by Paul VI in 1968 at the conclusion of the "Year of Faith," reproposes …

1986,  October   29  
Sin Breaks Man's Covenant with God
Inc.: In the catecheses of the present series we have the truth about original sin continually before our …

1986,  November   5  
The Sin of Man and the "Sin of the World"
Inc.: In this series of catecheses on sin, considered in the light of faith, the direct object of examination …

1986,  November   12  
Sin Alienates the Human Person
Inc.: Our considerations regarding sin during this cycle of our catecheses keep leading us back to that first …

1986,  December   10  
The Entire Human Race Struggles Against the Forces of Evil
Inc.: In the introduction to the Constitution Gaudium et Spes of the Second Vatican Council we read: "The …

1986,  December   17  
The Protoevangelium of Salvation
Inc.: In the fourth Eucharistic Prayer (Canon IV) the Church addresses God in the following words: "Father, …

1987,  January   7  
The Identity of Christ
Inc.: "Who do you say that I am?" (Mt 16:15).…

1987,  January   14  
Jesus Christ, Son of God and Savior
Inc.: In last week's catechesis, following the earliest creeds of the Christian faith, we began a new cycle …

1987,  January   28  
Jesus Christ, Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit and Born of the Virgin Mary
Inc.: In the previous meeting our reflection was concentrated on the name "Jesus" which means "Savior." This …

1987,  February   4  
Jesus Christ, Son of Israel, Chosen People of the Old Covenant
Inc.: Of the two genealogies of Jesus mentioned in the previous reflection, that of Matthew's Gospel (cf. …

1987,  February   11  
Jesus Christ, Messiah King
Inc.: At the beginning of his Gospel, the evangelist Matthew concludes his genealogy of Jesus, Son of Mary, …

1987,  February   18  
Jesus Christ, Messiah Priest
Inc.: The name "Christ" is, as we know, the Greek equivalent of the word "Messiah" and means "Anointed." Besides …

1987,  February   25  
Jesus Christ, Messiah and Prophet
Inc.: During the trial before Pilate, on being questioned whether he was a king, Jesus at first denied that …

1987,  March   4  
Jesus Christ, Fulfillment of the Messianic Prophecies
Inc.: We continue our Wednesday reflections, focusing on the way that Christ fulfilled the prophecies concerning …

1987,  March   18  
Jesus Christ, Inauguration and Fulfillment of the Kingdom of God
Inc.: "The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand" (Mk 1:15). With these words Jesus of Nazareth …

1987,  April   22  
Jesus Christ, Messiah and Divine Wisdom
Inc.: A rich tradition of wisdom literature permeates the Old Testament. On the human level, it manifests …

1987,  April   29  
Jesus Christ, Son of Man
Inc.: Jesus Christ, Son of man and of God: this is the culminating theme of our reflections on the identity …

1987,  May   13  
Jesus Christ, Son of God
Inc.: As we saw in the previous reflections, the name "Christ" in the language of the Old Testament meant …

1987,  May   20  
The Heart of the Gospel Witness
Inc.: The cycle of reflections on Jesus Christ has gradually approached its center while remaining in constant …

1987,  May   27  
The Father Bears Witness to the Son
Inc.: The Gospel—and the whole New Testament—bear witness to Jesus Christ as Son of God. This is a central …

1987,  June   3  
The Prologue of John's Gospel Synthesizes the Faith of the Apostolic Church
Inc.: In the last catechesis we have shown, on the basis of the Synoptic Gospels, how faith in the divine …

1987,  June   24  
Jesus Christ, the Son Sent by the Father
Inc.: In the previous reflection we dealt with the prologue of John's Gospel, when speaking of Christ as Logos, …

1987,  July   1  
Jesus' Awareness of His Unique Relationship to the Father
Inc.: Jesus' self-revelation as the Son of God is given a unique expression in the term Abba, Father. Abba …

1987,  July   8  
Jesus Christ, the Son Intimately United with the Father
Inc.: "Abba—my Father"—all that we said in the previous reflection enables us to penetrate more deeply the …

1987,  July   15  
Jesus Christ, the Son Who Lives for the Father
Inc.: In the previous reflection we considered Jesus Christ as the Son intimately united to the Father. This …

1987,  July   22  
The Son Addresses the Father in Prayer
Inc.: Jesus Christ is the Son intimately united to the Father; the Son who lives completely for the Father …

1987,  July   29  
Whoever Loses His Life for My Sake and that of the Gospel Will Save It
Inc.: In our search for the Gospel signs revealing Christ's consciousness of his divinity, we emphasized in …

1987,  August   5  
Jesus Christ Comes in the Power of the Holy Spirit
Inc.: "I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the …

1987,  August   12  
Jesus Christ Brings the Holy Spirit to the Church and Humanity
Inc.: Jesus Christ the Son of God, who was sent into the world by the Father, became man by the power of the …

1987,  August   19  
Jesus Christ Reveals the Trinity
Inc.: The core of the catecheses concerning Jesus Christ rests on the central theme of revelation—Jesus Christ, …

1987,  August   26  
Jesus Christ, True God and True Man
Inc.: "I believe in Jesus Christ, his (God the Father's) only Son, our Lord; who was conceived of the Holy …

1987,  September   2  
Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word of God the Father
Inc.: In the preceding catechesis we paid particular attention to those statements in which Christ, speaking …

1987,  September   9  
Jesus Claimed the Divine Attributes for Himself
Inc.: The series of reflections on Jesus Christ is centered on the revealed reality of the God-Man. Jesus …

1987,  September   30  
Jesus Christ Has the Power to Judge
Inc.: God is the judge of the living and the dead—the final judge, the judge of everyone. Already in the catechesis …

1987,  October   7  
Jesus Christ Has the Power to Forgive Sins
Inc.: Linked to the divine power of judgment about which we spoke in the previous reflection, Jesus Christ …

1987,  October   14  
Jesus Christ, the Divine Lawgiver
Inc.: In the Gospels we find another fact which demonstrates Jesus' awareness of his possession of divine …

1987,  October   21  
Have Faith in God and Have Faith in Me
Inc.: The ensemble of the facts analyzed in the previous reflection provides eloquent and convincing proof …

1987,  October   28  
Whoever Loses His Life for My Sake and that of the Gospel Will Save It
Inc.: In our search for the Gospel signs revealing Christ's consciousness of his divinity, we emphasized in …

1987,  November   4  
I Confer a Kingdom on You
Inc.: Let us run through again the themes of the reflections on Jesus the Son of Man, which at the same time …

1987,  November   11  
The Fact and Significance of Christ's Miracles
Inc.: On the day of Pentecost, after receiving the light and power of the Holy Spirit, Peter bore clear and …

1987,  November   18  
I Say to You, Arise!
Inc.: If we examine attentively "the mighty works and wonders and signs" spoken of by the Apostle Peter on …

1987,  November   25  
Miraculous Signs Reveal Christ's Power
Inc.: A text from St. Augustine offers us the key for interpreting Christ's miracles as signs of his saving …

1987,  December   2  
Christ's Miracles—Salvific Signs
Inc.: There is no doubt about the fact that in the Gospels Christ's miracles are presented as signs of the …

1987,  December   9  
Christ's Miracles Manifest Salvific Love
Inc.: Christ's miracles recorded in the Gospels are signs of the divine omnipotence and of the salvific power …

1987,  December   16  
Miracles Are a Call to Faith
Inc.: To confirm his messianic mission and the coming of the kingdom of God, Jesus wrought "wonders and signs" …

1988,  January   13  
Miracles Manifest the Supernatural Order
Inc.: Speaking of the miracles which Jesus performed during his earthly ministry, St. Augustine, in an interesting …

1988,  January   27  
Jesus Christ Is True Man
Inc.: The mystery of Jesus Christ as true God and true man is central to our faith and is the key truth of …

1988,  February   3  
Like Us in All Things Except Sin
Inc.: Jesus Christ is true man. We wish to continue the previous reflection on this theme, which is a fundamental …

1988,  February   10  
Jesus, a Man in Solidarity with All Humanity
Inc.: Jesus Christ, true man, is "like us in all things but sin," as we saw in our previous reflection. Sin …

1988,  February   17  
Jesus Christ Emptied Himself
Inc.: "Behold the man!" (Jn 19:5). In last week's reflection we recalled these words of Pilate when he presented …

1988,  March   2  
The Formulation of the Church's Faith in Christ
Inc.: Faith is the human response to divine revelation. The catechesis on Jesus Christ which we are developing …

1988,  March   9  
Conciliar Definitions About Christ
Inc.: "We believe...in one Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, the only begotten of the Father, that is, of the …

1988,  March   16  
The Church's Belief in Jesus Christ According to the Conciliar Definitions
Inc.: The great Christological councils of Nicaea and Constantinople formulated the fundamental truth of our …

1988,  March   23  
The Council of Chalcedon and the Monothelite Heresy
Inc.: In these reflections we are considering the ancient conciliar definitions which contributed to the formulation …

1988,  April   13  
The Christological Definitions and the Church's Faith Today
Inc.: Summarizing the Christological teaching of the ecumenical councils and of the Fathers, we perceived …

1988,  April   20  
Christ's Mission
Inc.: Today we begin the final phase of our reflections on Jesus Christ. Until now we have sought to show …

1988,  April   27  
The Kingdom of God
Inc.: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel" …

1988,  May   4  
"I Came into the World to Testify to the Truth"
Inc.: "For this I was born and for this I came into the world: to testify to the truth" (Jn 18:37). When Pilate, …

1988,  June   1  
Christ's Mission is to Reveal the Father
Inc.: "In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these …

1988,  June   8  
Jesus Christ, "the Faithful Witness"
Inc.: Regarding Jesus Christ's earthly mission, we read in the Constitution Lumen Gentium of the Second Vatican …

1988,  June   15  
Jesus, Founder of His Church
Inc.: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the Gospel" (Mk 1:15). …

1988,  June   22  
Jesus, Founder of the Ministerial Structure of the Church
Inc.: In the previous reflection, we said that the whole mission of Jesus of Nazareth, his teaching, the miracles …

1988,  July   13  
Jesus, Founder of the Sacramental Structure in the Life of the Church
Inc.: "I am with you always, to the end of the world" (Mt 28:20). Those words of the risen Christ when sending …

1988,  July   23  
The Church's Holiness Comes from Christ
Inc.: "Abide in me and I in you..." (Jn 15:4). These words from the parable of the vine and the branches reveal …

1988,  July   27  
Jesus Frees Us from the Slavery of Sin
Inc.: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel" (Mk 1:15). …

1988,  August   3  
Jesus Frees Us to Seek the Good in Truth
Inc.: Christ the Savior came into the world to free humanity from the slavery of sin, at the price of his …

1988,  August   10  
Jesus Frees Humanity for a New Life
Inc.: It is worth repeating what we have said in recent catecheses when considering Christ's salvific mission …

1988,  August   17  
Jesus Is Our Model
Inc.: In the gradual development of the catechesis on the theme of Jesus Christ's mission, we have seen that …

1988,  August   24  
Jesus Is the Model of Prayer
Inc.: Jesus Christ is the Redeemer. The center and summit of his mission, that is, the work …

1988,  August   31  
Jesus Christ Is a Model of Perfect Love
Inc.: The filial union of Jesus with the Father is expressed in the perfect love which he also made the principal …

1988,  September   7  
Christ's Sacrifice Fulfills God's Design of Love
Inc.: In the messianic mission of Jesus, the climax which we have been gradually approaching in the previous …

1988,  September   28  
The Death of Christ as a Historical Event
Inc.: We profess our belief in the central truth of Jesus Christ's messianic mission: he is the Redeemer of …

1988,  October   5  
Christ's Awareness of His Vocation to Redemptive Sacrifice
Inc.: "For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried." In the previous …

1988,  October   19  
The Value of the Suffering and Death of Jesus Christ
Inc.: In the previous catecheses we have summarized the biblical and historical data on the death of Christ. …

1988,  October   26  
The Redemptive Value of Christ's Sacrifice
Inc.: We consider again some concepts which patristic tradition took from biblical sources in an attempt to …

1988,  November   9  
The Meaning of Suffering in the Light of Christ's Passion
Inc.: "If a grain of wheat...dies, it bears much fruit" (Jn 12:24).…

1988,  November   16  
"Father, Forgive them..."
Inc.: All that Jesus taught and did during his earthly life reached the peak of truth and holiness on the …

1988,  November   23  
"Behold Your Mother!"
Inc.: The message of the cross includes some sublime words of love, which Jesus addressed to his mother and …

1988,  November   30  
"My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?"
Inc.: According to the Synoptics, Jesus on the cross cried out aloud twice (cf. Mt 27:46, 50; Mk 15: 34, 37); …

1988,  December   7  
Christ's Last Words on the Cross
Inc.: "It is finished" (Jn 19:30). According to John's Gospel Jesus spoke these words just before expiring. …

1988,  December   14  
The Fruitfulness of Christ's Redemptive Death
Inc.: The evangelist Mark writes that when Jesus died, the centurion who stood facing him, on seeing that …

1989,  January   11  
"He Descended Into Hell"
Inc.: In the most recent reflections we have explained with the help of biblical texts, the article of the …

1989,  January   25  
The Resurrection: A Historical Event and an Affirmation of Faith
Inc.: Today we reflect on the crowning truth of our faith in Jesus Christ. It is a truth documented by the …

1989,  February   1  
From the Empty Tomb to the Meeting with the Risen Christ
Inc.: The profession of faith which we make in the creed when we proclaim that Jesus Christ "on the third …

1989,  February   22  
The Apparitions of the Risen Christ
Inc.: St. Paul was chronologically the first to record the truth of Christ's resurrection. We are familiar …

1989,  March   1  
The Resurrection Is a Historical Event That Transcends History
Inc.: Christ's resurrection was an event consisting essentially in a passage from death to life. It was a …

1989,  March   8  
The Resurrection Is the High Point of Revelation
Inc.: In St. Paul's Letter to the Corinthians, several times quoted during the course of these reflections …

1989,  March   15  
The Saving Power of the Resurrection
Inc.: The Christian faith and the Church's preaching are rooted in Christ's resurrection because it is the …

1989,  April   5  
The Ascension: a Mystery Announced Beforehand
Inc.: In the most ancient creeds the article on Christ's resurrection is followed by that on his ascension. …

1989,  April   12  
The Ascension Is the Fulfillment of the Mystery of the Incarnation
Inc.: The "announcements" of the ascension examined in the previous catechesis shed light on the truth expressed …

1989,  April   19  
Jesus Is Lord
Inc.: There is a solemn eloquence about Peter's announcement in his first discourse on the day of Pentecost …

1989,  April   26  
"I Believe in the Holy Spirit"
Inc.: In our reflections on the Apostles' Creed, we now pass from the articles which concern Jesus Christ, …