Today we had the parable of the two sons – one who did the father’s will after changing his mind and the one who did not even though he initially said he would. It is difficult to underestimate the importance of doing God’s will in our life. Every time we pray the Our Father we are reminded that the Kingdom comes in the measure that ‘thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ When Jesus was sweating blood in the Garden of Gethsemanae on the eve of his Passion, he prayed: “Father if it is willing, let this cup pass from me, yet not my will but your will be done.”
Perhaps the following words spoken by Pope Francis to the youth of Albania on Sept 21st can be read as a similar message to us regarding doing God’s will (in as far as it is applicable).
He who builds on Christ builds on rock, because He is always faithful, even if we sometimes lack faith”, continued the Holy Father. “Jesus knows us better than anyone else; when we sin, He does not condemn us but rather says to us, ‘Go and sin no more’. With the power of the Gospel and the example of your antecedents and the martyrs, know how to say ‘No’ to the idolatry of money, ‘No’ to the false freedom of individualism, ‘No’ to addiction and to violence; say ‘Yes’ to a culture of encounter and of solidarity, ‘Yes’ to the beauty that is inseparable from the good and the true; ‘Yes’ to a life lived with great enthusiasm and at the same time faithful in little things. In this way, you will build a better Albania and a better world”.