"Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will" (Ps 40:8).
The Christmas season may be over, but the Word-made flesh continues to appear in our Liturgy during the Ordinary Time. Jesus, "the Lamb of God" and the "light of the nations," reveals himself as one who came to do his Father's will. As he said somewhere else in the Gospel, "My food is to do the will of the one who sent me" (Jn 4:34).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2824) elaborates on Jesus doing the father's will: "In Christ, and through his human will, the will of the Father has been perfectly fulfilled once and for all. Jesus said on entering into this world: Lo, I have come to do your will, O God" (Heb. 10:7; Ps 40:7). Only Jesus can say: I always do what is pleasing to him (Jn 8:39)."
Jesus, who baptized us "with the Holy Spirit" (Jn 1:33), empowers us to be like him by obeying God's commands. Jesus calls and sends us to do God's will, loving and serving him. We must learn to listen to God speak to us in His Word and respond to his instruction in deeds. Like the Blessed Mother Mary, we must dedicate ourselves to doing God's will in all aspects of life. As St. Paul reminds us, we have been called and sent by the will of God to be holy (1 Cor 1:2). We achieve holiness by doing God's will. Are you doing God's will for you in our parish?
Reflect on these questions: How do I discern God's will for me? What are the obstacles to doing God's will, and how do I overcome them?
In His Will,
Fr. Bernard, OP