In the beginning God created heaven and earth.
These words refer to that which contains and that which is contained.
God the Father created, and he re-creates, ‘in the Beginning’ (that is, in the Son). He created in six days, resting on the seventh; he creates anew in six articles of faith, promising eternal rest on the seventh.
On the first day God said: Be light made. And light was made. [Gen 1.6]
The first article of faith is the Nativity.
On the second day God said: Let there be a firmament made amidst the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. [Gen 1.6]
The second article of faith is Baptism.
On the third day God said: Let the earth bring forth the green herb, and such as may seed, and the fruit-tree yielding fruit after its kind. [Gen 1.11].
The third article is the Passion.
On the fourth day God said: Let there be two great lights in the firmament. [cf. Gen 1.14]
The fourth article is the Resurrection.
On the fifth day God made the birds of the air [cf. Gen 1.20].
The fifth article is the Ascension.
On the sixth day God said: Let us make man to our image and likeness… And he breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul. [Gen 1.26; .2.7]
The sixth article is the sending of the Holy Spirit.
On the seventh day God rested from all the work which he had done [cf. Gen 2.2].
The seventh article is the coming to judgement, in which we shall rest from all our works and labours.
Let us call upon the Holy Spirit, who is Love, the bond between the Father and the Son. May he grant us so to be united with each of these seven days and articles, and in accord with them, that it may avail for his honour and the building-up of his Church.
[Source: THE SERMONS OF SAINT ANTONY OF PADUA , Translated into English by Paul Spilsbury from the Critical Latin Edition of the Centro Studi Antoniani, Padova, Italia (1979)
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