Wednesday, December 15, 2010


In everyday English, the word “‘mystery” implies a puzzle to be solved, a conundrum to be unraveled. 

The idea is that if you think about a problem long enough, you will find a solution. 

In the East, on the other hand, a mystery is an area where the human mind cannot go, where the heart alone makes sense-not by knowing, but  by being. The Greek word mysterion leads you into a sense of  “not knowing” or “not understanding” and leaves you there. 

Having arrived, all you can do is gaze and wonder; there is nothing to solve. 

Bread &Water, Wine & Oil: An Orthodox Christian Experience of God 
by Archmandrite Meletios Webber

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