Mysteries Revealed

Paul ends the Letter to the Romans with a blessing, a closing doxology.  What has undoubtedly attracted the attention of the lectionary editors (leading them to choose these two verses for this week’s epistle lesson) is the line about “the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed.”  This passage looks back upon the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming and acknowledges that they have been but partially understood – until now, when Christ is revealed as their fulfillment.