Thought of the Day October 1, 2019 Righteousness and the will of God

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Jesus had a clear vision of the Father’s mission which he proclaimed at the beginning of his public ministry. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,  because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19) He was so consumed with being faithful to the will of the Father that he said:  “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work. (John 4:34)

Jesus’ prophetic actions many times revealed this hunger and thirst in him for right relationship to the Father.  When he cleansed the Temple of those who were buying, selling and profiting in the name of religious worship, the disciples later realized the depth of his zeal when they recalled the words of the psalmist: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” (Lk 2:17)

Hungering and thirsting for righteousness, following the pattern of Jesus begins in doing the will of God no matter the cost, out of love. Jesus knew the will of the Father for him. For Jesus this was a present moment experience that came clearer through his hours in prayer with the Father. He knew that he was called and destined to be the Savior of the world to save us from our sins, but how he was to live this in the present was revealed to him in the prayer of the moment.


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