The Feast of Saint Francis De Sales
(2 Sam 7: 4 – 17; Ps 89; Mark 4: 1 – 20)
Jesus proclaimed, “The mystery of the Kingdom of God has been granted to you” – in that proclamation, Jesus is most clear that the reality of the Kingdom of God is not something we grasp on our own, never something we acquire by dint of study. It is always ‘gift’ – granted to us through the mercy of our God so that we can truly come to know. Love and serve God and be with Him in Eternal Life. Our God desires us to be drawn into this Mystery; we have been created for this – it is truly and certainly the quest of our lives.
But what is granted needs to be explained, taught, witnessed and that is exactly what Jesus did for the people and His disciples gathered in the house. Through His words He led them into the Mystery; as a divine Guide and Master, He touched their depths.
The desire to be taught and led into the Mystery of the Kingdom of God is a petition, often repeated, all through Psalm 119 which ﬂows all through our week at Vigils, Lauds, and Vespers. We can say that all 176 verses are a constant plea to know and to embrace what the Lord has granted us. For example, in verse 20 we pray: “My soul is ever consumed as I long for Your decrees” and in verse 68: “You are good and your deeds are good teach me Your statutes.”
The last section “Tau” – we pray at None on Saturdays – sums up all that precedes it:
“Lord, let my cry come before You, teach me by Your word. Give life to my soul that I may praise You. Let Your decrees give me help…let my pleading come before You.” Words of passion-inspired prayer.
What is essential and absolutely necessary is that our desire, our pleading comes from our hearts and not merely from our lips. It is the difference between being heard by God and a chase after wind!