In the mystery

Daily Reading for January 15

To be “in the mystery,” and thus live a “mystical” life, is to be “in Christ,” dwelling by faith in the light of this great work of God, reconciling his creation. By the same token, “mystical theology” is reflection upon our formation in this “Mysterium Magnum.” Mystical theology asks how we enter, act, and share in this mystery and what we should and should not say of it. This theology seeks to hear what the Spirit of Christ demands of us and how we discern this Spirit from all other spirits, including our own. The mystical theologian strains to articulate the beauty now revealed, the “excellencies of Christ,” the ways of restoration, the suffering that they entail, and the “fullness of time” in preparation for us.

From Quenching Hell: The Mystical Theology of William Law by Alan Gregory. Copyright © 2008 by Seabury Books, an imprint of Church Publishing. Used by permission of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY.

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