mysteries

“that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love,
and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding,
resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself”

Colossians 2:2

The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw and knew…
I saw all things in God,
and God in all things.

Mechtild of Magdeburg

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(annunciation from The Book of Hours/ also known as the Black Hours due to the process of first layering the vellum with carbon / 1470 / Bruges, Belgium)

We are a people of mystery who in turn love a mystery…
The stuff of which puts one sitting on the edge of one’s seat…
nail biting and gripping.

The strange and often unexplainable,
yet which,
is always nicely and neatly revealed and eventually solved in the end.

Solved…
as in understood
as in light has been shed,
as in understanding has been gained…

Resulting in…
satisfaction and fulfilment.

Yet how to understand that which is not understandable?
How to solve that which is unsolvable?

The angel went to her and said,
“Greetings, you who are highly favored!
The Lord is with you.”

Simple enough…

An angel,
an ethereal being,
an otherworldly being…
that which is beyond us…

Strange,
Intriguing,
and Unexplainable…

But the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever;
his kingdom will never end.”

Presented, most matter of factly, is the unexplainable…
as curiosity is piqued.

How will this be,” Mary asked the angel,
“since I am a virgin?

As the strange and the unexplainable is neatly revealed.

The angel answered,
“The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God.
Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age,
and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.
For no word from God will ever fail.”

Nail biting.
Intriguing.
Exciting.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.
“May your word to me be fulfilled.”

Then the angel left her.

The mystery,
the intriguing
the gripping,
the unexplainable….

Revealed…

Explained…

As in solved…
as in understanding is gleaned…

Leading to inviting acceptance…

In turn leading to satisfaction…
as in light has been shed…

And soon…
fulfillment is satisfactorily achieved…
for all involved….

And so it is….

(Luke 1:26-38)

15 comments on “mysteries

  1. Andy Oldham says:

    Nail biting, intriguing, exciting! Amen! I enjoyed this!

  2. davidkitz says:

    By faith the great mystery is solved, but some mystery remains since God and God incarnate are always beyond the full comprehension of the human mind.

  3. Wally Fry says:

    Personally, I am rather glad for the mysteries. If I could fully understand God, then He really wouldn’t be much of a God, now would He?

  4. Lynda says:

    We worship at the feet of the Creator in wonder and awe! We do not comprehend but we believe – but only because of the gift of faith.

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    How is your Aunt doing?

  6. Fantastic as usual. You are such a well read person. You come up with the best quotes sometimes from people I’ve never even heard of. Love and hugs, 🙂 ❤

  7. lljostes says:

    And so it is. Such peace in that statement–and so it is. What the angel announced to Mary, what Mary responded, what transpired nine months later, thirty three years later…in our Baptism…when we kneel to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus. And so it is. And we wait–expectantly–for His glorious return! And so it is! Blessed Advent, Julie! Hugs, Laura

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