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Thursday of the First Week of Advent

My dear encountered couples:

If we didn’t have commitments and obligations to carry out every day we might find ourselves wasting a lot of time. People who sincerely want to do God’s will might find themselves sitting around all day and doing nothing while trying to figure out just what is the will of God. Duty and necessity can be a Godsend.

“None of those who cry out, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of God,” Jesus said, “but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” For the most part of our every day I believe that God’s will for us is to do the things that are connected with the positions we have in life.

If you are married, you are to do what a married person must do not only to keep the marriage together, but to improve your union of two into one. If you are a parent, there are children to care for.

If you are a child, there are parents and teachers to listen to and learn from - and to be nice to.

If you work for someone, or if someone works for you, there are requirements.

I’m a priest, you’re a nun; there are things required of priests and nuns.

What is God’s will for you? For most of it, your position in life, your relationship to other people will tell you. For the rest of it, pray, think, and use a good measure of common sense. And try to enjoy your life. God wants you to be reasonably happy.

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