“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” Albert Einstein
I remember my first encounters with “Mystery.” I was about seven years old and was attending a small United Methodist Church.
One Sunday I came home from church, placed a Bible and a picture of Jesus on top of my dresser, opened the red United Methodist hymnal to the first hymn, and sang “Holy, holy holy, Lord God Almighty…” As I sang I had an experience of the presence of God. It was beautiful!
That began my pursuit of Mystery.
A few years later I had a mysterious dream.
I dreamed I was in a sanctuary, much like the sanctuary of the United Methodist Church. Very loud organ music was playing and the sanctuary was so full of the presence of God that I was paralyzed. I couldn’t speak or move until the music stopped and the presence of God passed.
These experiences began a life-long chase after Mystery.
I think we all chase after mystery of one kind or another. We read mystery novels, watch TV shows about the hunt for Big Foot, and visit Stonehenge and marvel at its mysterious ancient construction.
We chase after mystery because when we experience it we feel awe, wonder, and delight.
The birth of St. Francis of Assisi was full of mystery. Give a listen…
Can’t see the video? Click here.
The story of the birth of St. Francis of Assisi points us to the “ultimate Mystery,” the mystery that German theologian, Karl Rahner, calls, “the Holy Mystery,” the mystery of God.
Albert Einstein was right: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious;” and God is “the ultimate Mystery.”