Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Homily)
October 25, 2020 11:30 am · Father Sergio Muñoz Fita
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Today the Lord reminds us that there is nothing more important than love. Saint John writes that God is charity, and that God who is love has died on the cross for us. Every week, that sacrifice is made present at Holy Mass, and by uniting us with Jesus in Holy Communion, He gives us the grace to love with Him and like Him.
As you know Saint Anne has had for a few months now, a new motto: Fiat Voluntas Tua. Those three words of the Lord's Prayer express the highest form of love. When two people love each other, they become one heart and want the same thing. For this reason, when a person loves God - as we prayed in today's psalm - he wants to do his Will. He does not do it because he is obligated or out of fear of the pains of hell. He does it because he wishes to please the Beloved. As the Lord says in the Gospel of Saint John, "if you love me, you will keep my commandments" (Jn 14:15).
Today I want to ask the Lord to give us people in our parish, in our countries and in the Church who are willing to do the Will of God with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their mind. People who will, for the love of God, and also for the love of all men, make our parish motto the teaching of their lives, the reason for all their decisions, the flag of all their battles.
Lord, your Will be done! Teach us to say these words that You yourself have taught us at all stages of our lives.
When you give us happy days and it is easy for us to see your provident hand in the gifts we receive from you, your Will be done.
When you comfort us and make the right decisions easy and simple, your Will be done.
When the mystery of the Cross visits us and we experience suffering and darkness, your Will be done.
When we feel that life is leaving us and we experience physical limitations and fragility, your Will be done.
When our last illness arrives and we face the last days of our existence, your Will be done.
When we lose our loved ones and we mourn the departure of those we love, your Will be done.
When you allow the smoke of Satan to enter the Church and the good tire of doing good, your Will be done.
When in your mysterious providence you allow confusion to spread throughout the world, when evil is hidden under the cloak of good and wolves in sheep’s clothing wreak havoc in your flock, your Will be done.
When dryness visits us and we do not feel your Presence, when it seems that you have left us and you allow the test to purify us, your Will be done.
Lord, your Will be done, and at the same time help us to always do your Will, which is love.
Your Will is that we love our brothers and sisters, especially the weakest among us: the unborn, the children, the needy, the poor, the sick, the foreigners, the orphans. Help us to do your Will.
Your will is that we do not abandon the battle, but fight against evil with the weapons of truth, charity and peace: Help us to do your Will.
Your will is that our friendship with you be our main priority and we do not fall into the traps of this world which passes away: Help us to do your will.
Your will is to overcome the culture of death with the culture of life: Help us to do your will.
Your will is to overcome ignorance of faith with knowledge of revealed truth: Help us to do your Will.
Your Will is the defense of the family, formed by the union of a man and a woman. Help us to do your Will
Your will is a world where every child is loved and welcomed, where every child has a father and a mother who love them and families in which they can grow up healthy and happy, loving You and others. Help us to do your will.
Your Will is holiness in the Pope, the bishops, priests, deacons and the faithful people. Help us to do your Will.
Your will is love that endures to the end, that is given without conditions, that does not fail: Help us to do your will.
I ask Mary, who said "May it be done to me according to your word", to teach us to be like her and to intercede for us so that we love what God commands and thus deserve what He promises.