He has promised men divinity, mortals immortality, sinners justification, the poor a rising in glory…
Therefore, the only Son of God was to come among men, to take the nature of men, and in this nature to be born as a man. He was to die, to rise again, to ascend into heaven, to sit at the right hand of the Father, and to fulfill his promises among the nations, and after that to come again.
St Augustine of Hippo, bishop, Commentary on Psalm 109.
While today is the Feast of St Ambrose, I thought this piece by Augustine, whose portion above was originally slated for today, is a nice reflection on the nature of “creed”.
I often organize Christian sects into “creedal” and “otherwise”. Perhaps this desire to divide and name is my fallen nature, but fundamentally a creed asks a person to stand and profess what it she believes (Credo, “I believe…”).