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God’s Will


GOD’S WILL

Jesus revealed through his prayer (Mt 11:26) that it was God’s will to hide the mysteries of the Kingdom of God from the wise and the learned, and to reveal them to the childlike. That is the Father’s kindliness to His humble and obedient children. During the Old Testament times also, God communicated his plans of salvation to the humble and obedient like Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and the prophets.

In the canticle of Mary, she presented how God lifted the humble. “He has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness … His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty” (Lk 1:48-53).

Jesus always honoured the will of his Father. He knew that the Father, in his wisdom, was gracious and honoured the humble and the faithful. Jesus was obedient to the will of the Father. Paul wrote about Jesus, “He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). During his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done” (Lk 22:42). When Jesus subjected himself to the will of the Father, God sent an angel from heaven to strengthen him (Lk 22:43).

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus included “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” for us to wish and pray that like Jesus, who subjected himself to the will of the Father, we also ought to be submissive to His will.

 


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