Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Will of the Father

In today's Gospel (John 6: 35-40), Jesus speaks of the will of the Father. And He is very clear in stating precisely what that will is: "that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life". Eternal life, then, is the ultimate goal that God has in mind for each of us. Now as human beings, we are unique in all of earthly creation. No other earthly creature has a free will. We can say "no" to God. A dog cannot decide to act like a fish, or a bird like a lion. Human being, however can (and sometimes do) act like all sorts of things that are not human. It is when we do these things that we jeopardize the plan God has for us.
As a loving Father, God tries to guide us, give us encouragement, provide examples for us to follow. But Hos does not force us to do what He wants. We can choose another path. And even then God does not give up on us. No, He will try and work with us to get us back on track. For this reason, Jesus was constantly seeking time to pray, to speak with the Father in order to understand what He should do. Unfortunately, we often forget to do this until we have already messed things up. Life would be so much simpler if we asked God before we made decisions, instead of running to Him when we have made bad ones.
My friends, God want each of us to have eternal life. And the way we can embrace this life is by trying to follow Christ as best we can. Spend time  seeking God's guidance before making important life choices. Try and do what Christ would do, even in the seemingly little things. This is how we follow God's will for us. And this is how we accept and embrace the way that God wants us to live here on earth, so that we may one day accpet and embrace the gift His Son died to bestow upon us - eternal life.

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