Day #197: Ad Gentes 2-3

Today we start off Chapter I of the Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church.  This chapter looks at the “Principles of Doctrine.”

The Church “is missionary by her very nature”.  Article 2 speaks of the mission given by the Father.  Article 3 addresses this mission of the Son that we all share in.

Here are the Scripture citations:

1 Cor. 15:28

cf. John 11:52

cf. Acts 17:27

cf. Col. 1:13; Acts 10:38

cf. 2 Cor. 5:19

cf. Eph. 1:10

Gal. 2:9

John 1:14

2 Cor. 8:9

cf. Mark 10:45

cf. Heb. 4:15; 9.28

cf. John 10:36

Luke 4:18

Luke 19:10

Acts 1:8

cf. Luke 24:27

And the footnotes:

1. Cf. Dogmatic constitution, “Lumen Gentium,” 1.

2. Cf. St. Irenaeus,Against Heretics,” III, 18, 1: “The word existing in the presence of God, through whom all things were made, and who always is present to the human race…” (PG 7 932)- id. IV, 6, 7: “From the beginning even the Son, assisting at His own creation, reveals the Father to all to whom He wills, and when He wills, and insofar as the Father wills it.” (ib. 990); cf. IV, 20, 6 and 7 (ib. 1037); Demonstration No. 34 (Eastern Fathers, XII, 773, “Sources Chretiennes,” 62, Paris, 1958, p. 87)Clement of Alexandria, “Protrept.” 112, 1 (GCS Clement I, 79), “Strom.’ VI, 6, 44, 1 (GCS Clement II, 453); 13, 106, 3 and 4 (ib. 485). For the doctrine itself, cf. Pius XII, radio messages, Dec. 31, 1952; Dogmatic constitution, “Lumen Gentium,” 16.

3. Cf. Hebrews 1:2; John 1:3 and 10, 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:16.

4. Cf. St. Athanasius, “Letter to Epictetus,” 7 (PG 26, 1060); St. Cyril of Jerusalem, “Catech.” 4, 9 (PG 33, 465); Marius Victorinus, “Against Arius,” 3, 3 (PL 8, 1101); St. Basil, Letter 26], 2 (PG 32, 969); St. Gregory Nazianzen, Letter 101 (PG 37, 181); St. Gregory of Nyssa, “Antirrheticus, Against Apollin.,” 17 (PG 45, 1156); St. Ambrose Letter 48, 5 (PL 16, 1153); St. Augustine, “On John’s Gospel” tract XXIII, 6 (PL 35, 1585; CChr 36, 236); above all in this way it is evident that the Holy Spirit has not redeemed us, since He has not become flesh: “On the Agony of Christ,” 22, 24 (PL 40, 302); St. Cyril of Alexandria, “Against Nestorian,” I, 1 (PG 76, 20); St. Fulgentius, Letter 17, 3, 5 (PL 65, 454); “Ad Trasimundum,” III, 21 (PL 65, 284: on sorrow and fear).

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