Wow. That’s pretty big. So big that I’ve had to spend two days pondering what it means to be a steward of the mysteries of God.
St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians in 1 Cor 4: 1-2, “Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.”
So not only an I called to be a keeper of God’s mysteries, but in so doing, I am called to be trustworthy. That’s a big deal.
When folks ponder the “mysteries of God” there is often a mixed bag of responses. Some, as a friend of mine once told me, believe that’s a “cop-out.” That when you can’t explain God, that you just say, “Oh well, that’s just the way it is!” and hold no defense for God being God. As a matter of fact, he and I would get in great debates all over the mystery of God. He, a new Christian, wanted answers, and wanted to “prove” God’s existence, perhaps as a way of validating his new found faith. But I’m not sure.
For me, that’s what my faith is about – it’s being able to wrestle with who God is in my life, but then living/resting in the “knowledge” that this God is so much bigger that I can either fathom or put words to! And for me, that spells out HOPE. To know that I don’t have all the answers, so that when something is too big for me, when the world seems broken beyond repair, that “surely nothing good can come out of this,” that there is this God, my God, that breaks through my Chronos time in the fullness of God’s time, creating a Kairos moment. This, I believe, is the mystery of God unfolding before me and all the world, bringing a Hope that I cannot explain; yet draws me to embrace this mystery of God, anticipating God’s breakthrough; and in so doing, being entrusted with this Hope to share it with the world.