By Fr. Ray Diesbourg, MSC
Following God’s Will, Part 1
In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.” He didn’t really want to have to die a terrible death. It would be too much pain to hold, too much suffering to embrace, too much agony to live through. But he knew that if he refused this cup, all of humanity would be lost to Satan. He knew what he needed to do. And he did it. “Not my will, but yours be done,” he added.
In the agony of the garden, Jesus teaches us that, in the final analysis, all life and death is about God’s will. It’s about meaning what we say when we pray in the Our Father, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” It’s not just “thy will be done” in general, but thy will be done by me. It’s personal for each of us.
So how do we know God’s will? God’s will comes to us first through our vocation in life. Each individual vocation–whether it be spouse, parent, student, lawyer, farmer, physician, or any other vocation-has specific responsibilities. When we fulfill those responsibilities, we are accomplishing God’s will.