Thought of the Day February 3, 2020 Obedience to the will of God

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What was the will of the Father for his Incarnate Son? Was it primarily the death of his beloved Son on the gibbet of the cross? Or was it obedience to the will of God in love, even if it included giving his life, so that we may be justified?

St Paul expressed this mystery of Jesus' total gift of himself to the Father for our sake in his Letter to the Philippians. "Thought he was in the form of God, (Jesus) did not consider equality with God something to be seized. Instead, he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and accepting the state of a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, eve the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:6-8)

By embracing the will of the Father, Jesus was glorifying him in contrast to Adam and Eve who surrendered the glory of God for empty self-glory. In thus glorifying the Father, Jesus in his humanity depended on the grace that comes from the Spirit to do the will of God. In doing so, he teaches us by word and example that we too will be able to embrace the will of God for us in any given moment only with the grace given by the Holy Spirit.

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