THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
DOING GOD’S WILL
January 27, 2015
We say we are children of God, and therefore brothers and
sisters of Jesus. But what is Jesus’ point of view?
“Who are my mother and my brothers?” (Mk 3:33).
He then pointed to the disciples around him, not related to
him by blood, and says they are his mother and brothers (Mk
3:34). Why? “For whoever does the will of God is my
brother and sister and mother.” (Mk 3:35). What makes
us children of God and brethren of Jesus? It is when we do
the will of God.
is the will of God? Certainly it is to obey His commandments.
But such obedience cannot be legalistic. Take going to Mass
every Sunday for Catholics. If we go simply to fulfill an
obligation, then we have not pleased God. “First he
says, ‘Sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin
offerings,’you neither desired nor delighted in.’
These are offered according to the law.” (Heb 10:8).
go to Mass because we truly desire to be with Jesus and to
receive the body and blood of Jesus. We go in reverence. We
go seeking to be transformed and renewed. We desire the peace
of Christ for all. Jesus offers himself, yet again, and desires
to enter more deeply into our lives. Such is his will, and
such is why we come to Mass. “Behold, I come to do your
will.” (Heb 10:9a). What indeed is that “will”?
“By this ‘will,’ we have been consecrated
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for
all.” (Heb 10:10). The offering of Jesus of himself
on the cross is the central aspect of our faith. This is how
Jesus won for us our salvation. At Mass we commemorate this
great mystery. This is how we are consecrated to Christ.
the end of the Mass we are told, “Go and proclaim the
good news.” Here is the other aspect of God’s
will. We are not only to live Christ but
we are also to share Christ. We are to proclaim
the salvation of Jesus to all. “I speak of your loyalty
and your salvation.” (Ps 40:11b). We are not just to
be saints but we are to be witnesses. It is not enough that
we avoid sin and be right with God in our hearts. “I
do not conceal your righteousness within my heart” (Ps
40:11a). Rather, we proclaim Christ to all. “When I
sing of your righteousness in a great assembly, see, I do
not restrain my lips, as you, Lord, know.” (Ps 40:10).
we really children of God and brothers and sisters of Jesus?
We are, if we do God’s will. We are to live lives of
holiness, we are to witness to Jesus, we are to go on mission
in the world. We are to live Christ and to share Christ. We
are to be saints, martyrs
and warriors. Let us go forth with zeal and
great joy, knowing the privilege of being Jesus’ brethren
as we do God’s will. “I delight to do your will,
my God” (Ps 40:9a).
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