Connecting Liturgy to Life
The Creed is a summary statement of our faith. It grounds us in reality and reminds us that our beliefs and choices do matter. It proclaims that the universe is not here by random choice. Everything was brought into existence by the one true God who is the Creator of all things visible and invisible. Believing in God, we can live as brothers and sisters who treasure one another and all creation. We recognize that we are not the ones in control, but that we depend on God, our Creator, for all things.
The Creed tells of Jesus, who became man to bring forgiveness of sins and salvation for all people. He shows the pathway to happiness and eternal life. When we believe that Jesus, the Son of God, became one of us, we can live with respect for our own dignity and the dignity of others, knowing that our God has a human face. When we believe that Jesus suffered, died, rose from the dead, and will come again, we can live with confidence, knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God, - not even death.
The Creed reminds us that our lives are caught up into a much larger story. We each have a unique and significant role to play. When we believe that the Holy Spirit is the Lord, the giver of life, we can live knowing that we are not alone. “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5) The Holy Spirit guides us as we work to bring about God’s kingdom on earth.
When we believe that the church is “one holy, catholic, and apostolic,” we can live as people who seek unity, who seek to do God’s will, who embrace diversity, and who are sent to carry on the mission of Christ. Each time we recite the Creed at Mass, we entrust our heart once again to God.
This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.