Dear Friends in Christ,
I found an article in the July/August edition of Connections magazine that I like. It is a nice look at the Apostles’ Creed. It is written by Jay Weygandt, with whom I serve on the Sola Publishing House Board of Directors. Please take a look at the article.
We recite it every Sunday morning but when was the last time you actually looked at the Apostles’ Creed? There are some wild ideas in there which require close examination. With the advances in science over almost 2,000 years have we outgrown these primitive beliefs? No! Absolutely not.
The Apostles’ Creed is and always will be the foundation of our beliefs and faith. My challenge to you this month is to read it phrase by phrase and consider:
1. What do these words mean?
2. Do I believe them or do I have questions I should explore?
3. What teachings must I reject if I believe these words?
4. How have these words changed my beliefs and life?
5. What am I required to do if I believe these words?
Some say that we reduce the Apostles’ Creed to meaninglessness by reciting it each and every week. The charge is that it is something we say but means nothing important to us. It is something we take for granted but don’t think about. The more we say it the less we think about it.
But what is the Apostles’ Creed? It is a story, a true story, the most important story that can ever be told. It is a story that if newly discovered by the news would dominate all media coverage worldwide. It would change everything as it answers all of the big questions of life:
This is really big news that should and will, if believed, impact everything we believe, everything we think about, and everything we do for our entire lives. Reciting it once a week is not nearly often enough. We are so easily distracted by the demands of our lives that we need to bring it (and the rest of the Catechism) to our full attention multiple times a day, always asking what it means for how I am living right now, the decisions I am making, and the actions I am taking in the next 30 minutes or hour. When I am distracted, I must come back to it again, and again, and again. It is my compass. It is how I find my way without getting lost in a meaningless and hopeless life.