Monday, December 17, 2012

The mystery about Mysteries

We often hear about the "Mysteries" of the Faith. What exactly does that mean?

Here in America we love mysteries. Television shows such as "Columbo" and "Monk" are very popular; novels by Jonathan Kellermen, and even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sell very well.

In these kind of mystery stories, the smartest among us interpret clues and produce "theories of the crime" that win the day.

Divine Mysteries are not like that. The nature of a Divine Mystery is that, in the end, a "solution" is not completely knowable. Divine Mysteries:

                                     i.     Cannot be deduced by man
                                    ii.     Must be revealed by God
                                   iii.     Can never be fully comprehended by finite human mind

In the end, Divine Mysteries are the work of an infinite mind, with infinite capacity. It only stands to reason that people with finite minds cannot fully comprehend infinite plans. They simply dont fit.

There are three great mysteries of the Christian faith:

                                     i.     The Holy Trinity
                                    ii.     The Incarnation
                                   iii.     The Paschal Mystery

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