Brothers and sisters:
It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats
take away sins. For this reason,
when Christ came into the world, He said:
"Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, 'As is written of me in the scroll,
behold, I come to do your will, O God.'"
First he says, "Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in."
These are offered according to the law.
Then He says, "Behold, I come to do your will."
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this "will," we have been consecrated
through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, or you could say the Feast of Jesus’ conception. The second reading comes from Hebrews and gives the reason for the second person of the Trinity becoming man interpreted through Psalm 40, today’s Responsorial Psalm. The Word of God became man to do His Father’s will; this was His delight!
Sometimes we think discerning God’s will is just about vocations, or we think God is not speaking to us and we get confused as what to do. Let’s talk about doing God’s will. Yes, sometimes God dramatically speaks to us or guides us towards a life-changing decision. But every day we can do His will. Start with the fact that we are Catholics. We follow God’s will when we follow the lead of Mother Church in living out our faith in daily life, avoiding sin, and praying. Then we all have family responsibilities and acts of love and mercy to show to our family members. Jesus tells us to forgive always. If you are consecrated, God’s will is manifested in your rule, constitutions and through your superiors. Even if you are in a temporary state of discerning your vocation, God’s will is to give your extra time in volunteer work and to live in right relations with others. Your job also manifests God’s will to you: to fulfill your duties with due diligence and attention, to study when you are a student, to nurture when you are a housewife and to treat your co-workers with respect.
God’s will is manifested to us every day in multiple ways and the more we listen in prayer and request His presence throughout the day, the more we will be accustomed to the way He guides us. Today, spend an extra ten minutes in prayer listening to the ways that God is leading you. Let us start being more attentive to God’s will in our lives.