The faithful will all be aware that when the season of Easter comes to a close, the Paschal Candle which has been on display and lit at masses since the Easter Vigil is moved from the sanctuary to the baptistery where it is used at baptisms. At funerals it becomes a symbol signifying Christian passing as a true Passover. This period between Trinity Sunday and Advent is known as Ordinary Time. During this part of the liturgical calendar, we celebrate the mystery of Christ in all its fullness.
Christ’s whole life is a mystery. In the Creed we learn of the mysteries of the Incarnation and of the Paschal mystery. It reveals nothing in particular about the life of Jesus of the form one would read in a biography. Yet, that which is written was recorded as it says in the Gospel of John so that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this, we may have life through his name. Thus there can be no denying the richness of the mysteries of Jesus.
Through the Gospels and the writings of men who were among the first to have known Christ, in the case of John, instructed by Jesus to write down all that he saw or as in the example of Paul, called by God to the faith, the deeds, miracles and words of Jesus himself are made known to us. They also reveal the Father since Christ himself had said
“To have seen me is to have seen the Father”
In undertaking his redemptive mission, Christ ensures that as we receive the sacrament of his body, we are also in receipt of his divinity and the salvation he brings.
The mysteries of Christ are not in the realm of a whodunit. Instead they are something unquantifiable, something that is of unlimited richness which when revealed to us assures us of endless grace and the continued love of the Father.
In his death through which all our sins are taken away and by his Resurrection, Christ justifies us and brings us once again to the Father. In the picture of man’s journey then, what we had lost in Adam, we would recover in Jesus.
Just as Christ himself made his journey from a boy into manhood and as we heard at this past weekend St Paul made his own unique journey from persecutor of the church to Apostle of Christ, it too is our unique and personal journey when we are called to follow Christ and in going with him, complete our journey to the Father.