When I was young anything I did not understand when it came to God, the Church or why things happened in the world and in life the way they did I said was “a mystery.”
By describing what I did not understand as “a mystery,” it gave me permission to be at peace with what I did not not understand. This is obvious I know and yet there was a deeper level that I did not comprehend.
It was ok as a child to call everything I did not understand a mystery but there is a different richer concept of what “a mystery” is.
Life is so full of the unexplainable.
The sudden death of a person greatly loved or the loss of a plane at sea. Why some people seem so intelligent and others are not. Why some people have thick long luscious hair and then there’s me. All of these can be described as a mystery but when it comes to God it has a different meaning.
A mystery when it comes to God is not just a description of what we do not understand it is an acceptance that God is completely beyond are comprehension. That God is a being actually beyond words and description because we do not know how to describe Him. We can talk about what we know of God from the Scriptures and what others tell us of their experience of God but even these descriptions God is beyond.
Yet when our eyes are opened to faith in God we come to understand and describe God, this indescribable being, as love.
A Catholic priest taught me some years ago to pray by just being with God. That there was no need to say anything but just to be with God like we are with someone we love. There are no words required because being with each other other is sufficient. It is a step of faith that is not an acceptance of not comprehending but rather that God is the ultimate being.
ACTION: As we enter more deeply into this Lenten journey try some days to sit with God when you pray and do not feel you need to say anything. I find this a very rich and transforming form of prayer.
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 23:1-12
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