Ephesians 3:8-10

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.

God hides things in plain view.  He hid the Second Person of the Trinity in plain view as a carpenter from Nazareth.  And he hides the "mystery hidden for age in God" in plain view too.  What is this tantalizing "mystery"?  Will we only hear about it from psychics on Art Bell or by claiming mountains of contemplation in the Himalayas?  Nope.  It's right there in plain view.  It's the Church.  Through it–in all its lumpy awkwardness and failure "the manifold wisdom of God" is now made known.  And not just to us humans.  Powers and principalities are to benefit from the revelation.  It's an awesome task, and Lord knows we are not up to it.  Only God is.  Thankfully, he's also the one who's going to do it.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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