“What is the mystery of the Church, and can it be solved?”
“Well, it’s a mystery.” How many times have you heard that in response to a question about God or the Church? I always felt it to be a cop-out to explaining Christian mysteries? My Protestant friends would tell me I needed to have a personal relationship with Jesus but how could I be in a relationship with someone who is a mystery?
While mystery is part of the Christian life — as is true with all of life — it seems to me there is too much confusion related to how we use the term. The Holy Spirit wants us to understand these mysteries, which explains why the first chapter of Lumen Gentium is entitled The Mystery of the Church.My goal for this episode is the address this issue of Christian mystery to help you at least understand what how the Church uses the term.
My goal for this episode is the address this issue of Christian mystery to help you at least understand what how the Church uses the term.
“We are unaware of a mystery unless a clue attracts our attention.” Bishop Timothy Doherty, bishop of Lafayette in Indiana
|This quote is from Matthew 28:19-20, which is often referred to as “The Great Commission” because it is the mission statement of each Christian.
From Vatican II decree Unitatis Redintegratio §04 ¶09.”Nor should we forget that anything wrought by the grace of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of our separated brethren can be a help to our own edification. Whatever is truly Christian is never contrary to what genuinely belongs to the faith; indeed, it can always bring a deeper realization of the mystery of Christ and the Church.”
What Are Christian Mysteries?
The goal of this part is to help in developing an understanding of what is meant by a Christian mystery. It’s not that God wants to play a game with us in trying to understand Him it’s trust that as with all relationships, we have to invest ourselves in working to understand the mystery of the other.
- Jesus uses marriage to help explain the mystery of Himself and the Kingdom.
- Merriam-Webster’s definition of mystery:
- a religious truth that one can know only by revelation and cannot fully understand
- something not understood or beyond understanding
- profound, inexplicable, or secretive quality or character
- We expect all mysteries to be solved. We are losing of awe with creation and starting to think ourselves wiser than we are. Humanism sees us being the cause and the solution to most problems.
- Example of The Law of Diminishing Astonishment: Testing Google’s new Translate app in Times Square – video
- Ephesians 3:4-6
“When you read this you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to human beings in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”
“The plan of salvation foretold by the sacred authors, recounted and explained by them, is found as the true word of God in the books of the Old Testament: these books, therefore, written under divine inspiration, remain permanently valuable. …in [these books] the mystery of our salvation is present in a hidden way. Christians should receive [the Old Testament] with reverence.”
- Merriam-Webster’s definition of Gentile: a person who is not Jewish.
- 1 Timothy 2:3-4 “This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.”
- Dogmatic Constitution On Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum)
- Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II by Richard Gaillardetz
- Saint Josemaria Escriva on buying books.
- Documents of Vatican II
- How are you doing with journaling?
- Get a copy of Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II
- Pray Psalm 86:11 “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.”
- Attend Sunday Mass EVERY week.
May you be open to receiving the blessings that the Father has for you.
May you be open to conforming yourself to the image of Christ, the light of nations.
May you be open to the boldness of the Holy Spirit guiding you to live a life worthy of your calling.
May you be seeking God’s will for your life and doing what brings Him greater glory.
And I for these blessing on you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thanks be to God!
Saint George Preca, pray for us!