The shepherd speaks of a mystery….

…and we can’t help but listen:

 “The term mystery is generally applied to situations in which there is no immediate answer and in these cases a mystery is something that seeks a solution. The searcher or researcher keeps probing in anticipation that an answer will be found and the mystery will be solved. That’s the situation in the society in which we live – we expect that every single mystery is going to be resolved, that we can pinpoint and come to an explanation for every single thing that exists, every single problem, for every single situation and thought.

“Mysteries have to be resolved, and because we live in an age of television and instant communication, most mysteries have to be solved within 60 minutes – given a little time for commercials. That’s not possible! That just doesn’t happen when you’re dealing with the sacred mysteries, the mysteries of God. God is not a problem to which we need to find an answer; our relationship with God is not a problem for which we need to seek a solution.

“Sacred mystery draws us to desire to know God. Our desire to know God leads us to indeed know him and to draw ourselves closer to him, and God makes himself accessible to us in Jesus Christ. I say this to the kids all the time, ‘Look into the mirror and you’ll see how smart God is because this is what God looks like.’ God is so smart that he chose to come among us looking like us, because you never know where you’re going to see Jesus. He’s sitting right next to you and looks just like you. How wonderful and awesome is God.” 

– Bishop William P. Callahan, Tenth Bishop of La Crosse, Wis., delivered during the 2011 (diocesan) Catechetical Conference: “Transforming Hearts to Christ…Both Mine and Others,” Aquinas High School, La Crosse, Wis., July 30. 

 

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  1. Jonathan Webb says

    Great words.

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