December 17

Romans 16:25-27

“Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed…” vss. 25-26a

There are a lot of secrets floating around at this time of year. Gifts are being purchased, buyers hoping that their choices match the secret desires of those they love. Children are wondering what’s in the packages that are being wrapped and hidden away. As Paul wound up his letter to the Romans he mentions a big secret too, one that had now been revealed in the good news of Jesus Christ. He’s implying that the enigmas of the universe, the mysteries of life itself, are made clear in the incarnation of the Christ in the person of Jesus. Through the centuries many have agreed with Paul and have joyfully centered their lives in Jesus the Christ. Others are not so sure and have sought other answers to life’s perplexing questions, with some claiming that they have deciphered the code to enlightened living. It is true that mysteries remain for followers of Jesus–some even understand God as the Great Mystery–but Paul’s gospel continues to ring true. Focusing on Jesus seems to make the Mystery manageable and we find that the grace he embodies brings clarity and purpose. God’s love as revealed in him is one secret we’ll want to be sure to share come Christmas Eve. Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

Thought for the Day: What is the secret of happiness?

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