“As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God.” In this reading from the Book of Hebrews, Jesus affirms that his obedience is to the Father’s will. But, what does that mean for us? How can we be open to God’s will or more succinctly follow God’s will?
When the idea of “will” is discussed, we frequently also hear about the idea of “freedom.” We as human beings, created in the image and likeness of the Lord, were given the gift of free will. Unfortunately, many people in society think that the gift of free will is some kind of golden ticket to do and live however we want. The beautiful mystery that we learn through faith is that true freedom is only found when we turn our will towards the Lord.
The Father’s will for us is to love one another and to show faithful obedience to him. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
So, how can we be more open to God’s will? We can say “Yes.” Our Holy Mother Mary gave her “Yes” to the angel Gabriel and Jesus gave his “Yes” to the Father. We can show our “Yes” in many ways. We can say “Yes” to service opportunities, say “Yes” to attending beautiful Advent events and say “Yes” to prayer. This Advent season take time to prepare your heart for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by saying “Yes” and being open to God’s will.