Sunday, February 13, 2011
The Hidden Wisdom
We all should desire the hidden wisdom of God mentioned in St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians (2:6-10).
We have a wisdom to offer those who have reached maturity; not a philosophy of our age, it is true, still less of the masters of our age, which are coming to their end.
What is this wisdom? What is the age of maturity for Catholics? Are they the new age ideologies that many preach, nor the desires of some women, also, to attain power positions and pontification beyond the most perfectly powerful presence and position of the humble Virgin.
The hidden wisdom of God which we teach in our mysteries is the wisdom that God predestined to be for our glory before the ages began.
Is this the wisdom of the Mystical Head of the Mystical Body of Christ poured out through Christ's Spirit of Truth, one with the Father and the Son. Is this the wisdom God divinely wills for all of us as co-heirs of Christ, that no longer we might live, not ourselves, but Christ in us?
It is a wisdom that none of the masters of this age have ever known, or they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory; we teach what scripture calls: the things that no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.
Is this wisdom, love? Is this wisdom love that is of God, and is this the love-is-God wisdom? Is it the wisdom that cannot be seen or heard with human eyes and ears but rather with the Mystical Body, the inner sight and inner sense graces poured into us from the Holy Spirit?
These are the very things that God has revealed to us through the Spirit, for the Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God.
And Jesus says in Matthew 5...
For I tell you, if your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.....
We are yet too temporal. Way too temporal. We do not love as Christ loves, not even in being able to be rid of lewd conduct, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, bickering, jealousy, outbursts of rage, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
But the life in the mystical world is different than the temporal. The Mystical Body of Christ of the mystical Catholic world would not only live beautifully in harmony with the temporal body, but would exhibit the fruit of Christ's Spirit: love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, generosity, faith, mildness and chastity.
Those who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's lead.
Pope St. Leo the Great:
See with your bodily eyes the light that shines on earth, but embrace with your whole soul and all your affections the true light which enlightens every man who comes into this world. Speaking of this light the prophet said: Draw close to him and let his light sine upon you and your face will not blush with shame. If we are indeed the temple of God and if the Spirit of God lives in us, then what every believer has within himself is greater than what he admires in the skies.
Our words and exhortations are not intended to make you disdain God's works or think there is anything contrary to your faith in creation, for the good God has himself made all things good. What we do ask is that you use reasonably and with moderation all the marvelous creatures which adorn this world; as the Apostle says: The things that are seen are transient but the things that are unseen are eternal.
For we are born in the present only to be reborn in the future. Our attachment, therefore, should not be to the transitory; instead, we must be intent upon the eternal. Let us think of how divine grace has transformed our earthly natures so that we may contemplate more closely our heavenly hope.
We hear the Apostle say: You are dead and your life is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ your life appears, then you will also appear in glory with him, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
Cannot we discern the difference between the good temporal, the too temporal, and Christ the Head of the Mystical Body of Christ?
The very devils latch on to the too temporal, and also of their own kind in the errant, false mystical. But in Christ we have truth, and if matters become too temporal, we have not virtue but vice, and we fall from the graces given us as members of the Mystical Body of Christ.
Yes, we are top-heavy temporal in our time, yet we have Scriptures and writings of the early Fathers and saints galore, besides the mystical Catholic world sacraments, poured out daily and nightly in our beautiful temporal Catholic Church. But when we become too temporal we lapse from the Spirit's lead.