“Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?” This is a question we see in our first reading today from Isaiah 49. It would seem a ridiculous question. The bond between mother and child is strong. But not nearly as strong between you and God. After this question, the LORD says, “Even should she forget, I will never forget you.”
In the Gospel reading today from John 5, Jesus begins to reveal the mystery of the Trinity. He refers to God as his Father. This was scandalous to the Jews. They grumbled that “he also called God his own Father, making himself equal to God.” But Jesus does not seek honor or glory from the people. At the end of today’s reading, He says, “I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” Jesus was all about doing the Father’s will.
As Christians, we are to imitate Christ. And as we see today, Jesus never sought to do anything but the Father’s will. I wonder…can we say the same? Take a look at your life and ask yourself if you were seeking God’s will, or your own will. I daresay that far too often, I seek out my own will. In fact, I often don’t even ask the Father what his will may be in any given situation. Perhaps now would be a good day to turn that around. Instead of blindly going our own way, how different would things be if we sought God’s will first and foremost in our lives?
Father, forgive us for the many times where we seek to do only our own will. Help us to remember to ask you what your will is in every circumstance. Amen.