Deacon Blog February 17, 2019
We’ve become so cynical as a society. If we can’t touch something, if we can’t see it for ourselves, or prove things with an adequate amount of factual data we are inclined to dismiss it. This has always been the Church’s “uphill battle”…the battle of faith, the path to belief. In so many ways it is the primary focus of the Church, for to believe is to be saved. To help us see life through the lens of salvific beauty, to illumine a walk with GOD that gives us Joy and a sense of Peace about our existence. Truthfully, it is easier to hold a baby or smell our favorite meal and feel some level of real contentment. We can peruse pictures of our families and know we are not alone or without love in our life. Jobs, relationships, activities are all components of our world that engage and often feed our need to “be someone”. Someone who is loved, someone who is admired, someone who accomplishes. Someone who has or is a success at something. These efforts are tangible, we have diplomas, portfolios, and family pictures to prove it, but do we “pack” them with us when we depart this life for eternity.
Some respond “Who cares?” and I would agree, to a certain point, that those things are satisfying and provide at least some level of temporal contentment…if you have any of them. But they are substantially absent from the lives of many around us. What about them? Does this mean they are excluded from happiness? It could be ourselves. And how would we explain the unprecedented levels of suicide and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety in our society? Even among economically successful people. In science, this is “canary in the coal mine” evidence of an unseen reality. Problem is, the strong influence of secularism wants to direct the conversation towards worldly understanding as opposed to the acceptance of mystery or, as Bishop Barron says, a “concrete something we encounter that reveals to us a Divine truth”. The mysteries of Faith, the Eucharist, the Incarnation, the Resurrection all call us out of ourselves to a Heavenly mindset. Modern science cannot grasp these concepts, and the unbelieving mind is easily blinded with life’s busy-ness. But how do we know the un-seeable, un-touchable, un-deniable existence of love except for the mysterious ways it expresses itself.
Our Heavenly Father paints this world with the palate of Mysterium. Every facet of our lives, from the physical world to our devotion at Mass are infused with mystery. That is how GOD creates. Trying to explain or understand everything is self-defeating. In the Mass we come to adore and glorify GOD, and in a sense, accept the mystery that LOVE has come to us. Guided by our souls, we enter the heavenly celebration of GOD’s glory at MASS. Can we understand and dissect every action in the Liturgy? Not even close. Can we just come and honor GOD and accept HIS grace as a gift. Hopefully. But this divine encounter of sacred movement slowly allows us to see things differently…inside and outside the MASS. Once we leave the sanctuary of the church we return to the missionary world outside, hopefully armed with a different perspective than we came in with. Mystery is a good thing, if only we can learn to trust and accept what LOVE has created for us.
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