Reflecting on the mystery of God, Isaiah, in chapter 40 of his book writes: “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as his counsellor has instructed him? Whom did he consult for his enlightenment, and who taught him the path of Justice? Who taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?” (Is. 40:13 - 14). Here, Isaiah marvels at the mystery of God and the richness of God’s wisdom. A few Sundays ago we heard Paul’s response to the mystery of God and God’s ways: “How rich are the depths of God — how deep his wisdom and knowledge — how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods!...To God be glory for ever! Amen” (Rom 11:33 - 36).
What is it that makes it impossible for us to understand the mystery of God?
What is it that prevents us from understanding God’s ways?
The answer is: We think of God in categories of our lesser selves; we impose on God the limits of our capabilities for life and love! We try to fit God into our own human categories and as a result the reality of God as all loving, all forgiving, and all generous is a language that sounds ridiculously absurd to us; it’s a strange language that we struggle to understand. This is what the Gospel reading of today (Mat 20:1 - 16) highlights. The calculus we use in our daily lives is absolutely different from the divine calculus — the calculus of gratuitous love.
Aren’t we lucky then that God is different from us, for we measure out love on the basis of our human judgment or what we feel we can afford to give. But God’s love is unconditional, underserved and gratuitous. As we rejoice in the superfluity of God’s love for us, let us become more like him, so that through us, people may experience the superabundant love of God.