There’s only one reason, we would want, to do God’s will…because we love him. That’s why Jesus did it. He wanted to please God, in every way he could; and, in return we know, that God was “well pleased” with his Son. Doing God’s will is not easy; and, if we should find it easy; it’s, mostly—not convenient. Consider the son, whose father asks to run an errand for him—just when the son is in the middle of a game with his friends. Running errands for God, are the same—they seem to come up at the most inopportune time…in the middle of a favorite TV show…or in the middle of dinner. But, someone you know needs a favor; maybe not right then and there; so, you plan on it, for later. The immediate interruption you felt, subsides after a few minutes; you recognize that God is using you, to answer someone’s prayer, and you change your attitude; you even chastise yourself, for your initial reaction. That’s human nature; that’s how we operate; but, we dismiss the temptation to be too hard on ourselves—we are now ready and happy, to run an errand for God—to do his will—being of service to someone. We know, we are doing what God wants, and we remember the many times, that he, has wanted, to help us.
A leper once told Jesus, “If you want, you can heal me.” Jesus answered, “I want. You are cleansed.” Another time, he asked a man, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, that I may walk.” “Get up,” Jesus told him, “Pick up your pallet and walk.” How many times have we asked, and had our prayers answered; even when we didn’t know, how they were being answered? That takes faith. And, that’s why we pray for an increase in faith: so that we can experience how God answers our prayers. Jesus heard the prayers of Martha and Mary to help their brother, Lazarus, his best friend. He also, saw, that by praying loudly to God, the people around Lazarus’ tomb could hear; he knew they would recognize, that the power he had, came from God. Jesus wanted everyone to see the glory of God, by his actions. He was sure that the crowds would believe and have faith. Even Mary and Martha, who knew who Jesus was, had to be reminded by him; that he was the Promise of God; that he: was the Resurrection and the Life. They too prayed for an increase in faith. And, Jesus delivered, with the instructions to untie Lazarus—to set him free of the sin and death, that bound him. God granted Jesus what he asked for: power over sin and death, the most dreaded of man’s afflictions—the consequences, of Adam’s fall—now…being set right by Jesus.
During Lent, we are reminded that Jesus came to do the will of God, which included his passion and death on a cross. Death came with his last breath; and, with the agony that preceded it—it was the ultimate sacrifice—the only, perfect, sacrifice--that could set things right for us, with God—for having offended him, by our sins. This was Jesus’ food on earth—to do God’s will, until the plan was completed. It’s up to us to continue where he left off; because there are still many errands left, to run for God. There are still many to be fed, to be clothed, to be healed, to be housed…to be embraced. There are still many inconvenient favors to be considered. Each one, is an opportunity, to return to God, the love he has first shown us. Each, an opportunity, to join Jesus in his work: proclaiming the Good News to the poor, and taking up our crosses in service…for the greater glory of God.
The cross that Jesus bore, in not ours to bear. Our cross is not as heavy. But, nevertheless, our cross will prepare us to leave this life, upon our last breath, knowing full well, that we have run God’s errands, and he is pleased. Jesus has promised, we have nothing to fear. Instead of dreading death, we embrace it, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We look upon it, as simply the door, that leads us, to the promises, of Christ—fulfilled: life eternal…where eye has not seen, nor ear heard…nor has man even imagined, what God has in store for us…never…to die again.