Day #16: Lumen Gentium 3-4

Today we continue on in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.

Yesterday’s paragraph 2 addressed the work of the Father and today we get the Son (para. 3) and the Spirit (para. 4).  Today’s reading makes prodigious use of Scripture.  It reads like a biblical narrative with the various Scripture verses weaved together to pain a picture of the plan of the Trinity to bring us into divine life as adopted sons through the Church.

Article 3 uses one of my favorite biblical images, that of the Church being born from the side of Christ on the Cross.  As with most things, it all comes back to the Paschal Mystery.

Here are all the Scripture citations from today:

4 Cf. Eph. 1:4-5 and 10.

5 Cf. Jn. 19:34.

6 Jn. 12:32.

7 1 Cor 5:7.

8 Cf. 1 Cor. 10:17.

9 Cf. Jn. 17:4.

10 Cf Eph. 1:18.

11 Cf Jn. 4:14; 7:38-39.

12 Cf. Rom. 8:10-11.

13 Cf. 1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19.

14 Cf. Gal. 4:6; Rom. 8:15-16 and 26.

15 Cf. Jn. 16:13.

16 Cf. Eph. 1:11-12; 1 Cor. 12:4; Gal. 5:22.

17. Rev. 22:17

And here are the much fewer footnotes:

(3) Cfr. S. Irenaeus, adv. Haer, III, 24, 1: PG 7, 966 B; Harvey 2, 13i, ed. Sagnard, Sources Chr., p 398.

(4) S. Cyprianus, De Orat Dom. 23: PL 4, 5S3, Hartel, III A, p. 28S. S. Augustinus, Serm. 71, 20, 33: PL 38, 463 s. S. Io. Damascenus, Adv. Iconocl. 12: PG 96, 1358 D.

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