Friday, January 27, 2006

CQOD: 01/26/06 -- Paton: the mystery of Christian missions

Christian Quotation of the Day

January 26, 2006
Feast of Timothy and Titus, Companions of PaulCommemoration of Dorothy Kerin, Founder of the Burrswood Healing Community, 1963
    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 bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
    -- Eph. 3:8-11 (ESV)

    The Christian Mission is what the New Testament calls a ‘mystery’. It is what St. Paul calls the mystery—a secret hidden within God even before the creation of the world, but now made known to men and women of faith, whereby all nations are to be gathered up and presented to God through Jesus Christ. This gathering up takes place in the Church, the mystical Body of Christ. The mystery has been unfolded according to a divine plan; prepared by the vocation of the Jewish people; and substantially realized by the mission of the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ, who by His Ascension introduced human nature for all eternity into the sphere of the life of the Divine Trinity: and this plan is to be accomplished among the various peoples of the world, during the time between Pentecost and the Second Coming.
    ... David M. Paton (b.1913), Christian Missions and the Judgment of God [1953]

Quiet time reflection:
    I bow before Your divine plan, Lord.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

CQOD Compilation Copyright 2006, Robert McAnally Adams, Curator
CQOD Home Page:
Subscription info:
Comments and problems: email to


Post a Comment

<< Home