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Beyond Myths

From the morning’s readings, I reread this powerful statement in 2 Peter 1: 16-18, which I think many have either never read or have forgotten:

“It was not by way of cleverly concocted myths that we taught you about the coming in power of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we were eyewitnesses of his sovereign majesty. He received glory and praise from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him out of the majestic splendor: ‘This is my beloved Son, on whom my favor rests.’ We ourselves heard this said from heaven while we were in his company on the holy mountain.”

St. Peter was insisting that the life of Christ was NOT a myth. It certainly was not, because it was recounted by Josephus, the Jewish historian, and we know that the Jews were not favorable to what they saw as an unwanted “sect”. It was also recorded by the Roman historian, and his name slips my mind momentarily. Jesus Christ was a real person, and all the events of his life are chronicled in more than one place. This is a TRUE STORY! St. Peter insists on it in fervent words.

I also heard a priest on EWTN speaking about the gospel of St. John, which ends with the comment, the priest said, with John’s comment, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” Jn 21:25

When I heard this, I thought, “SHEESH, John! Why didn’t you WRITE IT DOWN?” Here we are so eager to know more, some searching everywhere for more writings about Jesus, or claiming that some writings are supposedly about Jesus, though they soon are shown to be frauds. This tantalizing bit of information is very frustrating to a lifelong researcher!!!

It also tells us that Jesus was a very busy man while he was on earth. He didn’t spend all his time in the garden. It is also suspected that he appeared in the Americas during his adulthood. But that’s another unknown story really. That makes me think of the many stigmatists who have had the gift of bilocation. St. Mary Agreda, who never left Spain (as far as I know, and certainly never traveled by ship to the Americas), was sent through bilocation and taught the American Indians for some long time. She was a nun in a convent in Spain. She was found out when the American Indians described her to the new missionaries who arrived there, and they in turn reported the event. It was then investigated by the Church and that’s how they found her.

So, this Christmas, think on these things, and imagine how much more must be waiting for us in heaven…assuming we ever get there. All those things Christ did which we never heard about. These intriguing glimpses into traveling by bilocation, carried by angels in the heavens, being given a mission to accomplish for God. How interesting! Clearly, there is much awaiting us on the other side. I just hope we can all avoid the guy with the pitchfork!

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