Too often, we have been conditioned by our comfortable lives not to do what we are truly being called to. God’s will is either too uncomfortable for us, or we have simply not been listening. Think of Jesus in the Garden. He was truly uncomfortable and called to suffer and die. Not just any suffering and death, but the ultimate suffering and death. And yet He said, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” [Luke 22:42]
Jesus shows us that we do not have to be exactly happy with God’s will. But we are to unite our will with God’s will. He always knows what is best. Can we pray that God does it a different way? Of course. We can pray just like Jesus, but that means we end by accepting God’s will too. It can be terribly difficult, but it will never be as difficult as what Jesus had to do.
When we do not follow God’s will for us, we are limiting God. God wants to work through you and He cannot if you do not work with Him. God wants us to become sources of grace for ourselves, but also for others, especially our close loved ones. Accepting God’s will for you will ultimately be the best gift for your loved ones. We all wanted to give our loved ones the best Christmas presents we could, but this goes well beyond it. This gift is for their eternal happiness. Will you limit this gift to your loved ones?
Mary, God worked within you in the most utterly amazing of ways. You accepted God’s will that you would be His Mother. A blessing far beyond anything we can comprehend. And you embraced this motherhood still at Calvary watching Jesus die for us. Help us to accept God’s will for us in blessings and sufferings for the grace that can be won for ourselves and others. Amen.