I used to be one of those people who claim that church is not for them – “too much dogma.” Now I affirm that the exact opposite is true: the Catholic faith is rooted in the most exciting drama ever to stagger the imagination of man — and the dogma is the drama.
Have you seen the latest film, Son of God? The first attempt made in 49 years to cover the full arc of Jesus’s life. It is real and it is moving. The editing, expansive cinematography, acting, and musical score from Hans Zimmer – weaves a tale of a time when God submitted to the conditions He had laid down, became a man like the men He had made, and the men He had made broke Him and killed Him. You can’t make stuff like this up! If this is dull, then what, in Heaven’s name, is worthy to be called exciting?
Everything boils down to the primary question which dominated St. Paul’s life, “Who are You, Lord?” It was the answer to this question that sustained him in his last hours.
“…nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know Whom I have believed…” II Tim. 1:12
I doubt you could convince Paul that theology was dry, dull or impractical. Easier to convince an adolescent male that sports are boring or a young maiden that she will yawn at her wedding.
The God Who spoke the universe into existence, Who always was and always will be; and the fact that you and I even exist – have you wrapped your mind around about THAT lately! Perhaps it is time for a paradigm shift. Theology, properly pursued, is the greatest adventure entrusted to man. Is there an earthly drama that can compare to it?