St. Paul had a special talent for packing a lot of information into a few sentences, and today’s second reading is no exception. So let’s try to unpack these verses.
First, Paul uses the word “mystery” to explain God’s plan. We usually use “mystery” to describe something beyond our comprehension. But that’s not what Paul means. He is speaking about something concealed, not confounding. And that mystery is God’s plan to save us through his Son, Jesus. Paul goes on to say that what was once concealed has now been made known, but many failed to accept it. For them, the gospel has become either a “stumbling block” or “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:23). But that’s not us! Paul goes on to say that this mystery, this plan of God, is so grand that it includes God’s desire to glorify us.
Think of the kind of transformation that lies behind these words. Whether Paul is speaking about our being glorified once we reach heaven or our being changed into God’s image while on earth, the key words are “for our glory” (1 Corinthians 2:7). What an amazing promise!
Only one response can match such a wonderful plan: to offer the Lord our hearts in worship and praise every day. You are destined to be—and you are becoming— glorious and magnificent. Not only that, you are going to be great and awesome in heaven—no matter how small you may feel here on earth.