The Apostles’ Creed – Creation and Salvation- Part 1

I believe in God the Father Almighty the Creator of heaven and earth:

Let’s think about the word almighty. The dictionary defines this word as ‘having complete power; omnipotent’. The catechism says ‘Of all the divine attributes, only God’s omnipotence is named in the Creed…We believe that his might is universal, for God who created everything also rules everything and can do everything. God’s power is loving for He is our Father…’  We are reminded that God’s almightiness is based in the loving power that is God. God is love …unchanging, unstoppable, all-knowing love. And, since this all loving God is the creator of all that is, we can surmise that all creation is holy. All creation…including you and me…is holy and beloved.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 222 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

We have professed our belief in God, and now the Creed moves us to profess our belief in Jesus.  First, as Christians, we believe Jesus Christ is God’s son. To quote the Nicene Creed we recite at Mass each week, He was “consubstantial with the Father” (of the same substance). This also points to our belief in the Trinity. The triune God continuously pours out love, and in doing so, through Jesus Christ, God became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus came not only to love us, but also to show us how to love in the confines of our flesh. In believing that Jesus Christ is the son of God, we also believe it is possible to love as Jesus loved. How can I love as Jesus loved today?  

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary: 

So far in the Apostles Creed, we have professed our belief in God and in Jesus as the Son of God.  What else do we believe about Jesus?  That He was, through the power of the Holy Spirt, born of the Virgin Mary. Through the power of same Holy Spirit that lives in you and me today. Of course we could spend the rest of our lives discussing ‘born of the Virgin Mary’, but due to time and space constraints, St. Thomas Aquinas sums it up in a few words, “In order that Christ’s body might be shown to be a real body, He was born of a woman. In order that His Godhead might be made clear, He was born of a virgin.”

Hail Holy Queen, Scott Hahn

Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried:

At this point in the Apostle’s Creed, we continue our profession of beliefs about Jesus. The mention of suffering under Pontius Pilate is not simply to point out a historical fact. Our belief in this fact acknowledges our acceptance that there is a risk in love. Jesus came into the world and with perfect Divine love journeyed with people in their imperfection, pain and loneliness in ways no one had experienced before. His radical love brought with it the anger of many who believed their power was threatened by how He lived and what He taught. But He willingly accepted His death to fulfill the will of the Father, for our salvation. How can I open my heart to both accept and give this kind of wholehearted love?