Thursday, October 23, 2008

Daily - 10/23/08

Colossians 2:1-3

1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you and for those in Laodicea and all who have not seen me face to face,

2 that their hearts may be encouraged as they are brought together in love, to have all the richness of fully assured understanding, for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,

3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

There is a ton of information in these three verses. Take the time to think about what Paul is saying here ... richness, understanding, knowledge, mystery, treasures, wisdom. These are lofty things. There is a mystery that we have been given the keys to. It contains hidden treasures.

How do we get to those hidden treasures? This isn’t an intellectual puzzle to be solved – God didn’t set up a system where only the brilliant can find answers. The answers come directly from God – through prayer, Scripture, the sacraments, and obedience. That comes from seeking God, asking for spiritual growth, and remaining in God (ie, obedience to God’s commands).

St. Thomas Aquinas calls this divine revelation, which can be a scary concept for some. The world mocks divine revelation.