The Mystery of “Christ in Us” (Thurs. Nov. 3)

The word of the day is “mystery.”  In our reading of Colossians 1:24-29, St. Paul speaks about the desire to know the secrets of the universe. The Orthodox Study Bible notes that among the Colossians there were heretics who wanted to know such hidden knowledge (OSB fn. on 2:3). But Paul answers this desire by pointing to the “mystery hidden from the ages, now revealed”  (vs. 25). Paul’s remarks suggest that the heresy that threatened to mislead the congregation at Colossae has some characteristics of “mystery cults” along with features of Gnosticism (See Tuesday, October 27). At the time in the Roman Empire, various secret societies taught obscure myths of the cosmic cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth. Clandestine…

The Mystery of “Christ in Us” (Thurs. Nov. 11)

The word of the day is “mystery.”  In our reading of Colossians 1:24-29, St. Paul speaks about the desire to know the secrets of the universe. The Orthodox Study Bible notes that the Colossian heretics wanted to know such hidden knowledge (OSB fn. on 2:3).  But Paul answers this desire by pointing to the “mystery hidden from the ages, now revealed”  (vs. 25). Paul’s remarks suggest that the heresy that threatened to mislead the congregation at Colossae has some characteristics of “mystery cults” along with features of Gnosticism (See Tuesday, October 27). At the time in the Roman Empire, various secret societies taught obscure myths of the cosmic cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth. Clandestine rituals initiated converts into…

The Mystery of “Christ in Us” (Thurs. Oct. 29)

The word of the day is “mystery.”  In our reading of Colossians 1:24-29, St. Paul speaks about the desire to know the secrets of the universe. The Orthodox Study Bible notes that the Colossian heretics wanted to know such hidden knowledge (OSB fn. on 2:3).  But Paul answers this desire by pointing to the “mystery hidden from the ages, now revealed”  (vs. 25). Paul’s remarks suggest that the heresy that threatened to mislead the congregation at Colossae has some characteristics of “mystery cults” along with features of Gnosticism (See Tuesday, October 27). At the time in the Roman Empire, various secret societies taught obscure myths of the cosmic cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth. Clandestine rituals initiated converts into…