Day #203: Ad Gentes 9

Today we finish up Chapter I of the Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church.

Article 9 speaks of the Church’s missionary activity as a sort of bridge between the first and second comings of Jesus.  Thus we end the chapter with a discussion of the end of the age.

Here are the Scripture citations:

cf. Mark 13:10

cf. Acts 1:7

Is. 54:2

cf. Eph. 4:13

cf. John 4:23

Eph. 2:20

And the footnotes:

23. Cf. Matt. 24:31, Didache, 10, 5 (Funk I, p. 32).

24. Dogmatic constitution, “Lumen Gentium,” 17. St. Augustine 7, “City of God,” 1917 (PL 41, 646). Instr. S.C.P.F. (Collectanea I, n. 35, p. 42).

25. According to Origen, the Gospel must be preached before the end of this world: Homily on Luke XXI (GCS, Origen IX, 136, 21 ff.); “Comm. Ser. On Matthew” 39 (XI 75, 25 ff; 76, 4 ff.); Homily on Jeremiah III, 2 (VIII 308, 29 ff.), St. Thomas “Summa Theol.” Ia, IIae q. 106, a.4, ad 4.

26. Hilary Pict. “On the Psalms” 14 (PL 9, 301); Eusebius of Caesarea, “On Isaiah” 54, 2-3 (PG 24, 462-463), Cyril of Alexandria, “On Isaiah V,” chapter 54 1-3 (PG 70, 1193).

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