I've been MIA blogging the past couple of weeks because this past weekend I was the lay leader of a Cursillo weekend here in the Diocese of Olympia. It's been in planning for six months, team formation for three months and in the last two weeks, we finally got the final prep work done and we got there and held the weekend.
Now, in the aftermath, I think I'll blog a bit about it, as the purpose of the Cursillo movement is growing Christian leaders, and it seems somewhat pertinent to my usual topics of discussion.
I'm still too tired to write much now, but one snippet that came up during the weekend during a Eucharist was that the priest talked about mystery - in particular the mystery of what happens at the Eucharist. Is it just a symbolic exercise? Does transubstantiation happen? Something in between?
He explained that mystery is by no means a total lack of knowledge - we know several things about the situation. We just don't know all the information. He likened it to a mystery novel. We learn some of the story as we go along, but we don't find out the whole story until the end.
I really like the analogy, perhaps because I love mysteries and way the story unfolds. And it never unfolds (except in the most pedestrian writing) in a linear fashion. A twist in the tail is the hallmark of a good mystery. Something that was somewhat foreshadowed, yet not quite predictable. Who really knows what that's going to be?