The Mystery of the Church

The Church is very human yet a great mystery, it is far more than what the ordinary eyes sees. One needs to activate the eyes of faith to see not only the visible nature of the Church but also her invisible reality. The Church is both visible and spiritual and that makes the Church a mystery.The Church as mystery

Jesus the only mediator between man and God established his holy Church, a visible organization here on earth. He sustains this Church by his power and promised that the gates of hell will never prevail against it ( Mt. 16:18). The Church is the people of God, the assembly of God and the mystical body of Jesus Christ. The Church is hierarchically structured with Jesus Christ as the head, it is an assembly of human beings with spiritual community. Just coming together of people dose not form a Church, people congregate for different purposes but the Church is mysterious because she is the sacrament of God. The Church is a “sign and instrument”, it is the Ark through which God leads people into himself who is mysterious through the work of the new Noah; Jesus Christ.

The Church is like a sacrament, an instrument of communion with God and with man. In the Church man is united with God, she becomes the bride of God and they are no longer two therefore but ‘one’. The Church is the body of Christ, yet an assembly of mere mortals. Just as God is three in one, so also is the Church two in one; human and divine. That is the mystery of the Church.

Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

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