“For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counselor? Or who has given him anything that he may be repaid?” (Romans 11:34)
To question mystery is often the necessary means to acquiring faith, but to claim faith and remain questioning the hiddenness of God, opposed to accepting and residing well in His mystery gives rise to answering the question of why many Christians fall short of living in accordance to the truth they profess to believe in.
That He remains a mystery is true, it is necessary for our faith. If we seek to continually rouse Him out of hiddenness is reason for remaining ever outside of the depth of wisdom that awaits us only by residing in this mystery and resting at His feet.
More common it seems to be proactively running and pursuing. We are wired today for such type of meritorious pursuit and conquering. Faith demands that we almost halt our pursuit and rest in the fact that we have been sought deeply by a loving God. When we live from there and invite the implications of this reality to impose itself upon us, then we may grow in true faith, we may acquire the grace of wisdom, so that we may taste ever so slightly the riches of heaven.
To experience even the slightest grace of heaven’s richness should prompt us naturally to a deep sense of humility and necessity of obedience. If we are touched by God’s mercy, and continue unchanged, desiring to remain disobedient by excusing the will of God, is reason for great tension and leaves us in our sin.
Today’s first reading shares that “God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.” To recognize that we need God’s mercy is a natural consequence of coming to accept the profound mystery of God’s love for us, it should ignite the fire within to return to Him and strive to live obediently to His precepts.
St. Paul continues in his letter to call us to be a living sacrifice acceptable to God (Romans 12:1) . He invites us to a deep renewal of our minds and to work faithfully in accordance to the grace that is given unto us. To discern rightly what is given us calls us again to embrace divine mystery. We should strive then not to pursue the gifts that we desire for ourselves, or to know something that is beyond our reach per say, but to be humble and pray to know what it is that God wills of us, that we should come to recognize the gifts He has given out of love for Him , for the good of Him, and thus for the good of one another.
It is often this very wrestling with the invisible reality of God that inspires us to impose our own will upon the ordaining will of God, or to find a loop hole somewhere, so that we may live just below the bar of the call we have received, that we may justify our sin.
Humility is the only means to gain the riches of heaven. Today’s first reading reminds us, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33) Let not us not seek to trace out the path before us, but let us walk willingly into the unknown with great trust in God, surrendering to the mystery of His providence and unfathomable love.
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