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Friday, February 21, 2014

Thy Will Be Done

Have you ever noticed that you forget some sermons by the end of Mass, no matter how good you thought they were when you heard them or how hard you tried to remember them, while some other sermons stick with you for years? One of the priests in our parish, speaking on the Beatitudes, stated that we are called to live all of the Beatitudes every day. I heard that sermon at least one year ago, and the words still echo in my mind. Another priest recently gave a sermon that I know will stick with me a long time.

The priest was speaking about vocations, and when he was called. He said one of the biggest obstacles he had to overcome was to agree to do the Lord's will, not his. He reflected on the words of the Lord's Prayer 'thy will be done', commenting that he formerly thought the Lord's will would be done by somebody. Just not him. Just not then. 

I pray every day and ask the Lord to help me to do his will. After all, that is why we are here: to become holy and to do God's will. But, as I thought about my own praying of the Lord's Prayer, I realized that I didn't consider 'thy will be done' to apply to me. No. It was for someone else. For everyone else. For the world. Just not me.

The thought struck me like a ton of bricks. What have I been thinking all of these years? I try to be conscientious when I pray and to reflect on the message and intent of the prayer. However, it is still very common that someone will bring out an important point that I have completely missed. I guess that is why I know the sermon I just heard will stick with me. The sermon was about a familiar prayer, and what seems to be a common attitude. 

Thy will be done. That statement is for me. I guess I still have a lot more work to do.