Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
William Booth says, “The greatest of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” Doing the Will of the Father is something a natural man would never be able to do. This is because no one knows the Will of God except the Spirit of God (1 Cor.2:11). And you cannot do the Will of God except you know what His Will for you is, through constant touch with the Holy Spirit.
Oftentimes, the Father’s Will appears impossible, like when He told Mary that she would bring forth the Saviour of the world. At other times, it sounds so foolish, like His command to Israel to march around the fortified city of Jericho, to bring down the walls. And there were times when the Father’s Will seemed downright wicked. Imagine what Isaiah recorded concerning Jesus: “It pleased the Lord to crush Him” (Isa. 53:10). It was the Father’s Will for His own Son to suffer. How many reasonable parents would want that for their only son? Beloved, the Father’s Will for you at every situation can never be logically discerned; it is always contrary to human reasoning. While situations and circumstances would be pointing you to a particular direction, the Father’s Will would be to the opposite direction. It takes constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit to know what God requires of you. All through his ministry, Paul knew all God wanted of him by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the only source to the Father’s will, no amount of human analysis and experiential logic can do that.
If you will please God by your life, relationship, career, business, and your family life, you must know His Will for you. Anything outside God’s Will would bring you to depression and unfruitful struggle in life. And so dearly beloved, for you not to suffer loss, you must daily yield yourself to the leading of the Spirit, and not to the logic of reasoning. Except you come to that point where you surrender yourself to this, you will continue to be outside the Father’s Will. At this season, as we commemorate the greatest surrender to God ever known, beloved, let us again come to the Throne of Grace and seek direction from He who will never lead us astray.
MASS: VIOLET Deut 26: 16-19; Ps 119: 1-2. 4-5. 7-8 (R.1b); Accl. 2 Cor 6:2b; Mt 5: 43-48
Prayer Points:
1. Father and God of all consolation, You are worthy to receive glory and honour and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being. By your pleasure You adopted me as Your child through Jesus Christ. Grant me the grace to be active in faith so that I can have the understanding of the things I have in Christ Jesus.
2. Make my thoughts agreeable to Your will always so that I can be pleasing to You.
Exercise: Spend sometime today before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament asking Him to give you a guide about something you want to do.
Meditation: 1 John2:17.