Peter and John: Magisterium and Mysticism

4 They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; [1]

A race.  Is John simply reporting the results of an age and agility difference?  Many who meditate on this see a deeper meaning: the speed of sanctity, of meditation, of contemplation outdistancing, arriving at spiritual reality, at contemplative conclusions, long before the pronouncements of the leadership, of mother Church, of the caution of tradition and theology, of the Magisterium. Contemplation can soar like John’s eagle, can flow with the wind: The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. [Jn 3:8]  It’s conclusions are not built solely on reason but more often on revelation.

The evidence of this is found in the sensus fidei of the Church as a single body: This is most evident in Apostolic Constitution Of Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus, which defined the dogma of the Assumption, November 1, 1950.  Although the Church has always recognized this supreme generosity and the perfect harmony of graces and has daily studied them more and more throughout the course of the centuries, still it is in our own age that the privilege of the bodily Assumption into heaven of Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, has certainly shone forth more clearly. This reenactment of the race in the Church reaffirms that both, contemplation and dogma must, thanks be to You, God, reach the same conclusion in the end.

Thank You, God, for the confirmation and Holy Spirit’s validation of the truths in which we believe, and thank You, also, for inspiring each of us and enabling us to relish the spiritual fruits of Your revelation in our own time, our own pace, our own viewpoint, our own understanding.  For the grace to make Your truths, the truths of Your Church, our own, Lord, hear my prayers.  Amen.  Alleluia!!!

[1] Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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