Fr. Tom’s Reflections

September 23, 2018: The Mystery of Faith

The Mystery of Faith

One of the common threads of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) is a literary technique of three announcements of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection spread throughout the gospel. Today we hear the second of those three announcements in Mark’s gospel. This is a way of emphasizing this mystery. It is at the heartbeat of our Christian faith.

This paschal mystery is the core of each celebration of the Eucharist. We call to mind this saving mystery. We represent ourselves to the saving effects of Jesus’ death and resurrection for us, for our good, for our salvation. At each Mass, after the institution narrative of the Last Supper, the priest sings, “The mystery of faith.” We all sing one of three acclamations. Lately we have been singing, “When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again.”

What helps you to keep in mind this saving mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection?





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