Whatever God asks, you can trust Him to help you do it. He may stretch you a bit, but He won’t ask more than you can do, with His help. We just need to give God a chance. We can trust Him.


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Today’s readings have a common theme of doing God’s will.  In the reading from Hebrews we are told that God does not want the sacrifice of animals and burnt offerings from the time of the Old Testament.  He sent his Son to do the Father’s will, to make the ultimate sacrifice, the sacrifice that will save all generations.  By doing his Father’s will, Jesus made it possible for all of humanity to be consecrated “once for all.”

Let’s take another look at today’s Responsorial Psalm. It’s really packed with meaning!

“Here I am, Lord. I come to do Your will.”

Think about that for a minute. When we pray this, we’re saying to God, “I’m listening for Your command. I’m here to do whatever it is that You want.”

“I come to do your will.”

“Not my will. Not necessarily somebody else’s will, but Your will, God. Whatever it is that You want, You’ve got it!”

Although Jesus made it possible for us to be consecrated once and for all, we do not have a free pass to live as we wish, putting our own desires first. In the gospel of Mark, Jesus tells us that “whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” In place of sacrifices and burnt offerings, the sacrifice that we offer is the suffering and difficulty that are frequently part of living as God wills.

Sometimes the greatest difficulty for us is in the discernment between what we want God’s will to be for us versus what it really is.  We still have a very human nature that seeks what is easy or comfortable and wants admiration, power and self-sufficiency.  We can fool ourselves about God’s will if we fail to develop self-awareness and trust in God’s love for us. This can lead to confusion about what is real and what is self-deception.
Now, be honest. Most of us can’t give God a “blank check” like this.
Why? Because we’re afraid.

We’re afraid of what God might ask . . . We’re afraid of the unknown . . . We’re afraid of pain . . .
We’re afraid of giving up control . . . We’re afraid of embarrassment . . . We’re afraid it will cost too much.
Think for a minute, what are YOU afraid of?

Let’s say that you’re afraid God will ask you to go to a far-off land to help the desperately poor. That’s possible, but He’s more likely to ask you to just go across the room to kiss your tired spouse, or listen to your confused teenager, or phone your lonely mother.

Whatever God asks, you can trust Him to help you do it. He may stretch you a bit, but He won’t ask more than you can do, with His help. We just need to give God a chance. We can trust Him.

So don’t be afraid. Just take the first baby step. Ask Him to help you. Tell Him about all your fears. Once you go to Him and list all the reasons that you’re so scared to death, they’re out in the open. Then He can take all those fears into His hands . . . and they will no longer be in yours.

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