6th Sunday of Easter (readings)
In today’s Gospel, Christ tells us: “He who loves me will keep my word.” Another way of saying this is, “He who loves me will do my will.” But this is not the will of Christ, but the will of the Father.
In the Our Father we always say the words “Thy will be done” and in the Gospel of Luke, when Christ is praying to the Father on the Mount of Olives, he says: “Not my will, but thy will be done”. And this is the essence of today’s gospel: doing the will of the Father.
When times are good, it is very easy to do the will of the Father. But what happens in bad times? Do we still have the courage to say: “Thy will be done?” For good or bad, nothing happens to us that is not allowed by God.
The Catechism explains that, “Faith gives us the certainty that God would not permit an evil if he did not cause a good to come from that very evil, by ways that we shall fully know only in eternal life”
Thus, as children of God, we can see everything that happens to us at every moment as coming directly or indirectly from the hand of God and all of it being used by God for our ultimate good and the ultimate good of many others.
St. Catherine of Siena says, “Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.”
Prayer is an indispensable requirement for doing God’s will, for “By prayer we can discern ‘what is the will of God’ and obtain the endurance to do it. Jesus teaches us that one enters the kingdom of heaven not by speaking words, but by doing ‘the will of my Father in heaven.’” (CCC 2826)
To do God’s will we must become men and women of prayer. If you know God through prayer you will love him and want to do his will. Some common forms of prayer to help us include:
- A morning offering of your day to God.
- An examination of conscience at the end of the day.
- Night prayer before going to sleep.
- Vocal prayers like the Our Father and the Rosary.
- Mental prayer when we talk to God directly.
In addition to prayer, spiritual reading is also indispensable. Read the Gospel of the day and some sound spiritual book for a few minutes each day to get to know God.
As well, Daily Mass if we can find the time, and at the very least, each and every Sunday. In daily assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we come to know God ever more fruitfully and are more likely to actively desire his will in all things. By frequent reception of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrament we receive the grace to obey the Father’s will, and to love one another.