Nearness of God – O my God, give me the sovereign effortlessness to react to every one of Your solicitations with liberality.
(Matthew 22:2-14) plots the dismal story—so evident even today—of human thoughtlessness which rejects God’s kindness and is not interested in His endowments and solicitations.
“The kingdom of paradise is compared to a lord, who made a marriage for his child, and he sent his workers to consider them that were welcome to the marriage; and they would not come.” The ruler is God the Father, the child is the endless Word who, getting to be manifest, upheld human instinct so as to reclaim and purify it. God welcomes all men to the incredible meal of the perfect pre-marriage ceremony at which they will discover their salvation; yet submerged in the realism of natural things, they dismiss the welcome and the errand people. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee” (Matthew 23:37), will one day be the regret of the Son of God as He reprimands before the world, not just the unshakable obstruction of the picked individuals yet additionally that of all spirits who have tenaciously and selfishly dismissed His adoration and His beauty. The prophets, St. John the Baptist, and the witnesses are the “workers,” the dispatchers sent by God to call men to the feast of the Redemption, yet they were altogether taken and slaughtered. They “laid hands on his workers, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death,” the Gospel says. [The] story closes there, yet sadly, human lack of appreciation has gone a lot further: the workers and ambassadors were executed, as well as even God’s exceptionally Son. However God’s kindness is great to the point that it can’t be vanquished; despite everything he welcomes all men to His devour and even offers this perfect Son, whom they have murdered, to be their Food. The feast is readied; Jesus, the awesome Lamb has been immolated for the recovery of humankind and, if many neglect to acknowledge the welcome, others will be welcomed. “The marriage without a doubt is prepared, however they that were welcomed were not commendable. Go ye in this manner into the expressways, and the same number of as you will discover, call to the marriage.”
We also have been welcomed. How have we reacted to the welcome? Have we not likewise indicated more intrigue and worry for natural issues than for the things of God? Have we not been similar to the men in the illustration who “ignored, and went their direction, one to his ranch, and another to his stock?”
St Ephrem the Syrian – for post on the Divine Invitation”O Lord, this is what You say to my spirit: ‘For what reason would you say you are so far from Me, kept by pointless interests? For what reason do you not rush to set up a wonderful wedding piece of clothing? I languished passing to take you over My companion. I progressed toward becoming man for you, to protect your life from debasement, I favored your salvation before the entirety of My works. I arranged a marital love seat for you in paradise, and I told the heavenly attendants to serve you. Okay detest Me, your wonderful Spouse? Also, whom would you like to Me, who in My kindness spared the entire human race? What father could give you life as I have? What father or what companion can love you as much as I?’
“O my God, what will I answer You?
“Excuse me, spare me, O persistent, patient Lord! Spare me, O Christ, Son of God, who alone are without transgression! Give that my heart may have no longing however to react to Your solicitations, and that with the assistance of Your beauty, I may dependably do Your will, and be incite and willing to complete Your requests, so that, with the abilities I have gotten from You, I might have the capacity to exchange and gain the beneficial things of Your kingdom. Give that I may laud You trustfully and let you know euphorically when I see You: ‘I am honored in light of the fact that You have come to dress me with the commendable marital piece of clothing which Your beauty has acquired for me.’
“I will light the light, O Christ, given to me by Your beauty and abundance. I will meet You euphorically, favoring, adulating, and commending You, O my unfading Spouse” (St. Ephrem).