We can feel like the tiniest speck of dust in comparison to the vastness of Creation – like God isn’t even noticing our little lives, isn’t listening to our prayers.
That gives us lots of time to fear for the future and imagine all of the possibilities that may befall us. Jesus asks us in Luke 12, “Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your life-span? If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest?”
And he doesn’t mean that those details are left to chance, but that God is intimately involved, ever-present, in each of the “small things” in our lives. The Lord isn’t off in some remote corner of the universe or sitting with his feet propped on his desk, surveying us from afar – he is “near to all who call upon (him)” (Psalm 145:18.)Since we already touched a little upon the importance of this word, let's continue.
Who knew that within this seemingly simple and easy prayer, we would find such implications for our lives? We know how important God's will is for our lives. From the intricacies of our daily lives to the obvious of "if God didn't will that you were breathing, you wouldn't be": God's will is vital. Just most of the time, we tend to try to ignore it, or see it and disregard it. We see, though, from just these two words - THY WILL - that His will, not our will, reigns supreme.
But let's be honest...how easy is it to just say, "Like God really cares...I mean, He creates the universe and everything I see, and He cares for little ole me? Yeah, right." I mean, how can this be? Why would He be interested in my life, and my plans? What's the point?
The point is that we have a God who died for us....a God who suffers right along with us....a God who invites us to enter into the mystery of His suffering, especially during Holy Week, to redeem our suffering so that ultimately we may join our Father in heaven.
This Holy Triduum, I will be joining my suffering to Christ's, and I will be following Mary's example as she loses her Son but becomes Mother to us all. I invite you to do the same.