Day #201: Ad Gentes 7

Today we read again from Chapter I of the Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church.

Article 7 looks at the great importance of the Church’s missionary activity and it’s necessity for the salvation of souls.

Here are the Scripture citations:

1 Tim. 2:45

Acts 4:12

cf. Mark 16:16; John 3:5

Heb. 11:6

1 Cor. 9:16

cf. Eph. 4:11-16

And the footnotes:

17. Cf. Dogmatic constitution, “Lumen Gentium” 14.

18. Cf. John 7:18; 8:30 and 44; 8:50; 17:1.

19. On this synthetic idea, see the teaching of St. Irenaeus de Recaptiulatione. Cf. also Hippolytus, De Antichristo, 3: “Wishing all, and desiring to save all, wishing all the excellence of God’s children and calling all the saints in one perfect man. . . ” (PG 10, 732; GCS Hippolyt I 2 p. 6); Benedictiones Iacob, 7 (T.U., 38-1 p. 18, 1 in 4 ss.), Origen, In Ioann. Tom. I, n. 16: “Then there will be one action of knowing God on the part of all those who have attained to God, under the leadership of the Word who is with God, that thus all sons may be correctly instructed in the knowledge of the Father, as now only the Son knows the Father.” (PG 14, 49, GCS Orig. IV 20)- St. Augustine, De Sermone Domini in monte, I 41; “Let us love what can lead us to that kingdom where no one says, ‘My Father,’ but all say to the one God: ‘Our Father’.” (PL 34, 1250), St. Cyril Alex. In Joann. I: “For we are all in Christ, and the common person of humanity comes back to life in him. That is why he is also called the New Adam…. For he dwelt among us, who by nature is the Son of God; and therefore in his Spirit we cry out: Abba, Father But the Word dwells in all, in one temple, namely that which he assumed for us and from us, that having us, ail in himself, he might say, as Paul says, reconcile all in one body to the Father” (PG 73, 161-164).

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