The Mind of God

One of the things that makes me chuckle, when it does not make me weep, is the certainty some people have that they know what God thinks. The second reading at Mass today should disabuse us of any such foolish notion:

How rich are the depths of God – how deep his wisdom and knowledge – and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? Who could ever be his counsellor? Who could ever give him anything or lend him anything? All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him. To him be glory for ever! Amen. (Romans 11. 33–36)

In those few sentences I think St Paul captures the essence of God’s otherness, his utter transcendence. The trouble is, we do not like being reminded of our own limitations. We exalt reason as a God-given gift, then forget that it is a gift, and one that will take us only so far. St Peter’s confession of faith at Caesarea Philippi has come down to us as a neat theological encapsulation of Jesus’ divine nature and salvific mission, but the evangelist uses the simplest of words, words that might well have sprung from the lips of a Galilean fisherman who grasped intuitively what most of us struggle all our lives to understand: Jesus is our Saviour, the Word made flesh, Son of the living God. We can only wonder and give thanks.


3 thoughts on “The Mind of God”

  1. I have just been preparing this reading to read at Mass this morning. I will now do so with, I hope, more conviction and strength after reading your words. Thank you Sister.

  2. I sometimes wonder why we try to hard to out guess God, because it’s an impossible thing for us.

    I’m reminded of the words of Jesus in Luke 18:27

    “What is impossible for man is possible with God”, so instead of second guessing him, why not just relax our will to his and go with what he makes possible. Or, “Keep Calm and Don’t worry. God is always here”. 🙂

  3. Kind of like the hate group in the US who uses funerals to picket and protest that “God hates x or y”. God hates no one and how exactly would they know whom God hates if it were even true? Things like that drive me crazy.

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