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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mystery or Myth?

The first Advent of God’s Messiah is either a monstrous myth or a transcendent mystery. It is either a preposterous fable, or it is an inexplicable truth we accept as true because the inexplicable God says it’s true.

There are no other options. No other possibilities. No other explanations.

Here is some of what we know: An angel appeared out of nowhere to a young Jewish maiden to tell her she would conceive a son – not through human agency, but by the Holy Spirit.

We know Almighty God emptied Himself of His glory and took the form of a baby who grew to become a man who declared moral and social truths, who worked miracles, was murdered, and then returned to life three days later.

We know the angel who appeared to Mary also appeared to the priest Zechariah to tell him his wife Elizabeth would become pregnant, though she was far past her menopause.

We know other angels appeared among simple shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth, and Magi from the East followed a star to the child Jesus in Judea.

Of course, we know much more, but these few demonstrate the supernatural pattern surrounding the first advent.

As early as the third chapter in Genesis, God promised a savior to our world lost in sin’s darkness, a savior who, in the words of St. Paul, would give Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Galatians 1:4).  A savior of whom, as St. Peter declared: “All the prophets bear witness that . . . . everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins” (Acts 10:43).

But as the prophet Isaiah asked 700 years before the first advent, “Who has believed our report?” (Isaiah 53:1), God not only asks you and me that question, but he also requires of us an answer.

Who believes it?

That’s the linchpin, the key, the crux of the entire matter of life and death – and where we will spend our eternity. St. Thomas Aquinas reasoned it this way: “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

The first advent is either a monstrous myth – some today even call it a dangerous myth – or it holds for us life-changing truth.

It all depends on what we believe . . . .

And what we will do with that belief.


Javier said...

"...I see him, though not now; I behold him, though not near: A STAR SHALL ADVANCE FROM JACOB, and a staff shall rise from Israel, That shall smite the brows of Moab, and the skulls of all the Shuthites,
Till Edom is dispossessed, and no fugitive is left in Seir. Israel shall do valiantly, and Jacob shall overcome his foes..." Numbers 24, 17-19 "..."Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw HIS STAR 3 at its rising and have come to do him homage."..." confer Mathew 2,2
"..."I, Jesus, sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the root and offspring of David, 10 the bright morning STAR."..." Revelation 22, 16

Javier said...

Thank you for your words, I undestand about the 90% of the text.
Some ideas: Faith is a gift of God.
"Ask and it will be given to you" Mathew 7,7. Christians can ask God more faith. Christians can ask God more faith for another christians. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. What you ask God for yourself you can ask God for your neighbor.
We can ask God other virtues for us and for our neighbor, for example if you like a faith like the Saint Paul´s one, you can ask: "God, give me a faith like the saint Paul´s faith", and you can ask this for your bishop: "God, give to my bishop a faith like saint Paul´s faith". We can ask God he take us to Heaven and we can ask God he takes other people to Heaven.
That´s in Spanglish.

Rich Maffeo said...

Javier, very well said. Thank you. I agree with everything you said here. Oh . . . Merry Christmas!

Javier said...

Merry Christmas!!!