Fr. Peter Patrick’s Homily for Sunday, March 21, 2021:
Every time we say in the Lord’s Prayer, “Your will be done,” do we really mean it, or are we just praying without giving it a deeper thought? In any normal circumstance, we might not give it a deeper thought, but when caught in a situation where we don’t have control, that is when we surrender and let God take control. We should not wait until we have reached a point of breakdown to remember to surrender to God. In every situation, no matter how simple it might seem, we should learn to say, “may the will of God be done.”
There is a story of a lady who was bedridden for six months with a serious lung infection. She had tried all kinds of treatments and prayers, but nothing worked. She became depressed. One day someone dropped off a pamphlet of the testimony of a missionary woman who had contracted a strange disease. She was sick for eight years and she could not understand why God had let this tragedy happen to her. She prayed every day to be healed and resume her missionary work. Her prayers went unanswered. One day in her desperation, she cried out to God: “All right, I give up. If you want me to be invalid, that’s your business.” Within two weeks, the missionary woman was fully recovered.
The lady who was bedridden for six months said the story didn’t make sense, but she could not forget about it. One day, she cried out to God in words similar to those of the missionary: “God, I am tired of asking you for health. You decide if you want me sick or healthy.” After a couple of days, her health began to return.
In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus in his agony: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” Jesus knew the passion He was to go through, and He surrendered His will to the Father. Jesus had an option of taking what appeared to be the easy way out. As someone fully human, Jesus said, “I am troubled now.Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”
As Christian, what does this mean to us in everyday life? Maybe your marriage is falling apart and you need outside help, but you are too proud to ask for it. Maybe you are struggling with addiction of some kind, but you keep on denying it. Whatever struggle you might be going through, you should let your will die by accepting that you are not in control, seeking help, and letting the will of God be done.