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Pax Christi

Submitted by on Saturday, 2 May 2009No Comment

Peace-dove

So the Church throughout (kaq olhV) Judea, Galilee and Samaria had peace, was being built up, walking in the fear of the Lord and filled with the consolation (paraklhsiV) of the Holy Spirit”  — Acts 9:31

 The passage is interesting since here we find the origins of the name “Catholica”  which is formed from the Greek particle kata and the feminine adjective for “whole” holes, agreeing with feminine place names.  Here, it describes the Church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria.  There is a similar usage in the description of the faith of the Roman Church in Paul’s letter to the Romans, i.e.  “proclaimed (KATanggeletai) in the whole universe (en HOLO to kosmo)” (Romans 1:8)  Here, the particle kata strengthens the verb anggelein (to announce) and the adjective “holo” for the world/universe (kosmos) as the description of totality.  Another interesting idea is the “consolation of the Spirit” where the Greek for “consolation” is paraklesis, the name of the Holy Spirit in the Johanine tradition, “Paraclete.”  But what really is important for me is the use of the verb oikodomeo, which means “to build up”.  In Acts 9:31–42 — today’s first reading — the mention of the Church being built up is followed by stories of Peter raising the dead (Aeneas and Dorcas).  We already know from Peter’s explanation of the healing of the cripple in Acts 3 that these miracles were the result of the Resurrection of Christ, that the new life won by Christ is applied in these healing events to particular people. 


 Oikodomeo “to build up” refers to the construction of buildings, especially of an oikos, a house.  So it is used for the building-up of the temple of Jerusalem (Acts 7:47.49).  But it is used in Matthew 16:18 with the Church as object of the verb.  In Paul’s usage of the verb, it is found in contexts where the apostle means the “edification” of a person, cf. Romans 14:19; 15:2;1 Thessalonians 5:11. It is also used in context of ministry, where the Christian who has a particular charism “builds up” the community of faith (1 Corinthians 14:3.4.5.12.26).  It is in this sense that the usage in Ephesians is best understood (Ephesians 2:21; 4:12.16.26).  In 1 Peter 2:5 we find the description of the Temple of Jerusalem and the Church — as believers — combined to bring an image of the Church where the members are described as “living stones” that are attached to the cornerstone (Psalm 22:22), Christ being built up.  Love builds up, writes Paul (1 Corinthians 8:1). 


In all these usages, we come to understand the phrase in Acts 9:31 better:  the building up of the Church is from God (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:9) but at the same time is the work of all its members as they try to build each other up in love.  Peter not only performed miracles for the benefit of the dead; he also helped the people who loved them, “edifying” them, that is giving them a stronger desire to live the faith (see the usage of oikodomeo in terms of food in 1 Corinthians 8:10).


 

Acts 9:31
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31Now the church had peace throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria; and was edified, walking in the fear of the Lord, and was filled with the consolation of the Holy Ghost.
Romans 1:8
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8First I give thanks to my God, through Jesus Christ, for you all, because your faith is spoken of in the whole world.
Acts 9:31
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31Now the church had peace throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria; and was edified, walking in the fear of the Lord, and was filled with the consolation of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 7:47
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47But Solomon built him a house.
Matthew 16:18
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18And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Romans 14:19; 15:2
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1419Therefore let us follow after the things that are of peace; and keep the things that are of edification one towards another.
152Let every one of you please his neighbour unto good, to edification.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
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11For which cause comfort one another; and edify one another, as you also do.
1 Corinthians 14:3
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3But he that prophesieth, speaketh to men unto edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
Ephesians 2:21; 4:12
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221In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord.
412For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
1 Peter 2:5
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5Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Psalm 22:22
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22Save me from the lion's mouth; and my lowness from the horns of the unicorns.
1 Corinthians 8:1
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1Now concerning those things that are sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up; but charity edifieth.
Acts 9:31
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31Now the church had peace throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria; and was edified, walking in the fear of the Lord, and was filled with the consolation of the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 3:9
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9For we are God's coadjutors: you are God's husbandry; you are God's building.
1 Corinthians 8:10
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10For if a man see him that hath knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not his conscience, being weak, be emboldened to eat those things which are sacrificed to idols?

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