Mystagogia: It means “going deeper into the mysteries” – that is, into the truths of the faith. The early Church understood that post Easter many of the mysteries of faith that had been entrusted to the newly initiated needed time to “sink-in” and mature. Let’s give a quick synopsis of what has happened over the past 8 months. For these are the mysteries we will be delving into, the rest of our lives. We have heard about:

The Church – we are not talking about the building, but us, the people. We are through our belief in Jesus, baptized and connected with one another into the People of God, the Church. Our love for each other is our manifestation of our love for our God. It is because of this love we can go up to the altar and receive the Eucharist.

We heard about the significance of the 7 Sacraments. We heard how each one, instituted by Jesus, has a significance and place in our lives at critical phases of our lives.

We heard about Jesus’ teaching and His Life. The purpose of why He came and what it means to each of us.

We heard about the place which Prayer has in our lives. We heard and learned the “Our Father”, “The Hail Mary”, and “The Glory be”. We have recited the Creed, an enumeration of all that we believe in. We have learned the formulation of the Rosary, Mary’s prayer.

We touched on each of The 10 Commandments. Not so much that we understood them completely, but at least have become aware of each one and what it means to us, as individuals.
We heard of the importance of Morality. How our living moral lives can positively affect others. The Commandments are a guide for all mankind for living moral lives.

This thumbnail sketch does nothing but enumerate some of the topics that were covered over these 8 months. What you now do with them depends solely on you. You have just scratched the surface of the beauty of the Catholic Church, of Christianity. As we said earlier, the Church realizes that you now have the awesome and wondrous task of allowing yourself to go deeper into these mysteries, to accept God’s love and goodness. Nobody’s words, no one else’s beliefs, or experiences, not even Scripture, itself, can be a replacement for your own personal belief. All they can do is help you become aware of Jesus and His love for you.

You are not alone, however. Every Catholic Christian living today has the same task ahead of them, as you. Each of us has the responsibility to learn what it is, in us that wants to join Jesus, to love Him. We need, also, to view what it is that is preventing us from joining Him. Our lives are not cast in cement. We are flesh and blood. We strive, we fail, we hope, we despair. Through it all Jesus looks on us, loves us and tries to help us see and understand. We need only try to comply, try to understand, seek out what things are pertinent to us. What do our lives really reflect? We have to move the Christianity which we learned with our mind and allow it to flood into our hearts. To say we love one another and to actually love one another are two separate things. We, you and I, we need to look inside ourselves and see our faults, as well as the good that we do.

So, in conclusion, realize that starting from today, right now, each of us must look solely at ourselves and give to Him, who we are right now. We cannot give Him who we want to be. We can only give Him what we have, what we are right now. The experience of loving Jesus is personal. It will always be personal. Just because you have attended this class does not guarantee your success. Your personal belief in Jesus, your desire to follow His way, the time you devote to praying and understanding all of these will help you grow. To understand ourselves, who we are, why we feel as we do, why we do as we do, all of these will help us grow. What we see, at times, we may not like, but we know that in spite of what we see, our God loves us and has a plan for us. He waits for us to grow to be the Catholic Christian that we want to be and that He wishes to see in us.

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