Thought of the day
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

"He makes his sun rise on the bad and the good"

Commentary of the day
Isaac the Syrian (7th century), monk near Mosul
Ascetical discourses, 1st. series, no.60

"He makes his sun rise on the bad and the good"

Proclaim the goodness of God. For even while you are unworthy, he guides you; and when you owe him everything, he asks for nothing back; and in return for the little things you do for him, he repays you with great things. Therefore do not simply call God "just" since it is not with regard to what you yourself do that he reveals his justice. If David calls him just and right (Ps 33[32],5), his Son has revealed to us that he is yet more kind and gentle: “He is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked,” (Lk 6,35).

How can you possibly remain at the level of God's simple justice when you read the chapter about the workmen's wages? “My friend, I am not cheating you. I wish to give this last one the same as you. Are you envious because I am generous?” (Mt 20,13-15). How can one say no more than that God is just when one reads the chapter about the prodigal son who squandered his father's wealth in a life of dissipation and how, at the merest sign of compunction shown by him, his father ran to him, threw his arms round him and granted him full rights over all his wealth? (cf Lk 15,11ff.). It was not some other who told us all this about God, causing us to have doubts about it. It is his Son in person; he himself gave this testimony concerning God. So where is God's justice to be found? Is it not in this: “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Rom 5,8)? If God reveals himself to be compassionate here below then let us believe that he will be so for all eternity.