Editorial Comments -
We are pleased to introduce Richard Maffeo in a new column: We Believe. Richard is a convert to Catholicism from evangelical Protestant faith. He wrote forty meditations based on the Nicene Creed to stir a passion within the hearts of his fellow Catholics - a passion "for the faith that was once for all handed down to the holy ones" (Jude 1:3). His meditations are compiled in his book, "We Believe: Forty Meditations on the Nicene Creed." The book is available through bookstores and his website.
Through HimCreed Statement: Through Him all things were made, for us men and for our salvation..
From We Believe - A reflection series on the Nicene Creed
By Rich Maffeo
For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen
It's all about Jesus. Always has been. Always will be.
It always should be.
I ought to think of that before I start complaining about His business. Like the Mass, for example.
My wife and I had hardly left the sanctuary Sunday morning before I groused about the service. “I wish we’d sing modern choruses instead of centuries-old hymns . . . I thought the priest could have made a stronger point about that Gospel passage . . . I’d like it better if we knelt for prayer . . . I wonder why . . ."
Then I noticed my emphasis: I wish. I thought. I’d like. I wonder. My problem became disturbingly clear: I think the Mass – even life, if I’m honest – is all about me.
Well, it’s not. The Mass, and all we do before and after we come into His presence is about the One through whom all things were made - heaven, earth, mountains, seas . . . It’s about Jesus, through whom I receive reconciliation to the Father, forgiveness and redemption.
“For by Him all things were created,” wrote St. Paul, “both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him. . . And in Him you have been made complete . . . having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead” (Colossians 1:16; 2:10-12 NASB).
I can't help but notice Scripture’s emphasis: By Christ; through Christ; for Christ; in Christ; with Christ.
Not a thing in there about me.
Perhaps if I entered the Eucharistic Celebration centered more on Him and less on me, I wouldn’t be so quick to whine. If I cultivated a deeper relationship with Christ through the week, I wouldn't be bored with that holy hour on Sunday. If I meditated on the Mass readings before I left for church, the Holy Spirit might have more kindling to spark my passion for the Mass. If I entered the sanctuary early enough to pray, my heart would be ready to worship long before the Celebration began.
When I focus on me, it's easy to find fault with the priest, the choir, the temperature, the baby crying in the back. When my focus is on Him – through whom all things were made – then all things fall into proper perspective.Prayer: Holy Spirit, You spoke through the prophets. Help me understand the depth of those powerful words of the Creed: Through Him, all things were made. Amen.
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These meditations are compiled in the book, "We Believe: Forty Meditations on the Nicene Creed." The book is available through bookstores and this website.