DOING THE WILL OF THE FATHER

Tuesday 21st July – St. Lawrence of Brindisi, P.D (opt. Mem)

DOING THE WILL OF THE FATHER

Matthew 12: 46-50

Virtually every Christian is familiar with the Lord’s Prayer and the words: “may your kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matthew 6:10). Yet, how often have we said this prayer without even considering what the Father’s will is? Do we really say this prayer with a sincere desire to do the will of the Father?

It is important as Christians that we always do the Father’s will. Indeed Jesus says: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 7: 21). Doing the Father’s will implies total obedience to God. Each time we are presented with choices to make in our day to day lives, do we make decisions based on what pleases our heavenly Father?

Amidst of the peer pressure and increasingly secular societal influence around us, we must make efforts to live in obedience to God even when it is difficult. We must be willing to deny ourselves of the sinful pleasures of this world so that we can truly gain Christ. Let us imitate Jesus Christ who gave up all in obedience to the Father. May we be able to say like St. Dominic Savio said, “I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.”

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please grant me the grace and courage to the Father’s will especially when it is most difficult. Give me the grace to be faithful to my Christian calling. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 521 – What does it mean to say, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”?

When we pray for the universal accomplishment of God’s will, we pray that on earth and in our own heart it may become as it already is in heaven. As long as we continue to set our hearts on our own plans, our will, and our ideas, earth cannot become heaven. One person wants this, the other that. We find our happiness, however, when together we want what God wills. Praying means making room bit by bit for God’s will on this earth.

HIDE A TREASURE: “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother” Matthew 12: 50 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Exodus 14: 21- 15:1; Exodus 15 (Canticle); Matthew 12: 46-50

WALKING IN GOD’S WILL

Sunday 30th March – 4th Sunday of Lent

Reflection: 1 Samuel 16: 1, 6-13

WALKING IN GOD’S WILL

There is a truth in the saying: “He who has nothing to look forward to, has nothing to live for.” Man as a creature of purpose, must necessarily have aspirations. These aspirations must be positive and decently pursued to promote our common good as humans.

However today, our world is bedeviled with several inordinate desires. There are over ambitious individuals who see life as nothing but a rat race! These ones readily betray trust, jettison morality and violate their conscience in a bid to reach their myopic end (2 Timothy 3: 1-4). The high level of monetary inducement, bribery and corruption plaguing our land is one of the offshoots of this. So in the midst of this, what should our response be as Christian youths?

Our response must necessarily stem from deeper conviction and understanding. One which is dependent on God for direction in life’s pursuit. One which irrevocably commits itself to the fulfillment of its assured mission. But alongside, our hearts must be large enough to help others in the fulfillment of their lofty aspirations. By this we “blossom where God has planted us”. This is being light in our own spheres of life.

In today’s first reading, we see how God can safely guard and deliver the blessing He has apportioned for His chosen ones. What He did for David amidst seven brothers, He is more than able to do for you and I today. This should be our assurance in life’s pursuits amidst the unhealthy rivalry around us.

PRAYER: Eternal Father, please daily grant me a clearer picture of Your will for me, help me choose it, and grant me fulfillment therein. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 49 – Does God guide the world and my life?

Yes, but in a mysterious way; God guides everything along paths that only he knows, leading it to its perfection. At no point in time does something that he has created fall out of his hands.

 HIDE A TREASURE: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 RSV-CE

Readings for today: 1 Samuel 16: 1, 6-7, 10-13; Psalm 23: 1-6; Ephesians 5: 8-14

THY WILL BE DONE

Thursday, 16th January – Thursday of week 1 of the year

Reflection: Mark 1:40-45

THY WILL BE DONE

Beloved, there is a dimension of prayer which pleases God and never seeks self or what we want from God. It is solely offered to God with total dependence on his judgment to give us what we need in his own way and at his own time. This is the prayer of surrender. We often times ask God for what we need and he supplies us bountifully. This should not in any way make us lose the consciousness of the supremacy of God who knows the best for us and who works in mysterious ways.

In our reading today, the leper offered his intention to God with a note of surrender and acknowledgement of God’s power. He did not doubt the power of God to heal him by the manner with which he put His request before Jesus: “if you want to, you can make me clean” (Mark 1:40); he plainly surrendered to God’s power and God’s will for his life. Dear friend, it delights God so much to see us accept whatever he wills for us and not just what we want him to do for us. God would always be God no matter the situation. When things go wrong, trust God to make them right in his own way and when things are right, still trust God to keep them right.

Jesus’ experience in the garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26: 36-39 shows us the importance of triumphing in hard times by our total dependence on God’s will for our lives. The almighty prayer (The Lord’s prayer) which Jesus gave to his disciples also contains this powerful aspect of our faith; “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

May we always learn to accept God’s design for our lives and seek him with our hearts open to what he has for us. Amen.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I surrender all to your mercy and power. Let your will be done in my life. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2826 – By prayer we discern “what is the will of God” and obtain the endurance to do it. Jesus teaches us that one enters the kingdom of heaven not by speaking words, but by doing “the will of my father in heaven”

HIDE A TREASURE: “You need to be patient, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promises” Hebrews 10:36 GNB

Readings for Today: 1 Samuel 4:1-11; Psalm 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25; Mark 1:40-45