“May it be done to me according to your word.”
~ Blessed Virgin Mary
In the Lord’s Prayer we say, “Thy will be done.” Mary wholeheartedly did God’s will when she humbly accepted her calling to be the mother of our Savior. We are glad and grateful that she said yes!
Jeremiah had a prophetic calling. When his mission turned out to be painfully difficult he balked, lamenting, “You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped; you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.” Yes, Jeremiah complained to God when things were rough, nevertheless he faithfully carried on in spite of suffering. God’s grace sustained him. He could not keep silent.
Jesus, unlike Jeremiah, accepted his Father’s will unreservedly. Nothing and no one could dissuade him from fulfilling his mission to save us from our sins. Peter probably meant well when he tried to talk Jesus out of going to Jerusalem where he would be killed. However, the LORD abruptly rebuked Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”
All are called by God to do his will—to think like God thinks. We are chosen not because of our intelligence or skill, but because God loves us. How might we recognize our own mission? Father Walter Ciszek, a holy Jesuit priest of the 20th century, who spent 23 years in a Soviet prison camp, explained how we know God’s will.
The plain and simple truth is that God’s will is what he actually wills to send us each day, in the way of circumstances, places, people, and problems. The trick is to learn to see that—not just in theory, or not just occasionally in a flash of insight granted by God’s grace, but every day. Each of us has no need to wonder about what God’s will must be for us; his will for us is clearly revealed in every situation of every day, if only we could learn to view all things as he sees them and sends them to us.
In the plan of God you and I have a mission to fulfill. Doing that mission means taking up our cross daily. Shall we do it wholeheartedly, like Mary did? Let’s pray for courage.