Does this blessedness apply only to the circumcised, or to the
uncircumcised as well? For we say that Abraham’s faith was “credited as
justice.” What were the circumstances in which it was credited? Was
it after he was circumcised or before? It was before. In fact, he
received the sign of circumcision as a seal attesting to the justice
received through faith while he was still uncircumcised. Thus he was to
be the father of all the uncircumcised who believe, so that for them too
faith might be credited as justice, as well as the father of those
circumcised who are not merely so but who follow the path of faith which
Abraham walked while still uncircumcised.
The New American Bible, Catholic Bible Publishers, Wichita, Kansas, Copyright 1970, 1978-1979 Edition.
Stephen J. Hartdegen, O.F.M., S.S.L.
Christian P. Ceroke, O.Carm., S.T.D.
Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle, D.D., Archbishop of Washington