Tuesday, January 4, 2011

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - The Will of God

The theme for today seems to be following the will of God. As we read about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and her conversion to Catholicism and her life, we learn that what she tells her fellow sisters, “The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; and thirdly, to do it because it is his will” is how she lived her life. She wholeheartedly lived to follow the will of God.
In the first reading from John, we learn that His will is all about loving one another. God is love. We are made in His image and likeness and therefore we are love. We are to love. We are to love God and love one another. Sometimes I think John seems he has to beat us over the head with so much love. I get it. God loves me unconditionally and I in turn am to love others in that same way. However, we see the theme for today and we must add, not just know He loves us and know we should love others but do His will and actually love.
Mark's Gospel teaches us that we can follow Jesus around all we want but His will for us today is to feed one another. He did not want his disciples just to send the people out to find something to eat and hope they came back for more teachings. He had a captive audience. He knew it was His chance to turn their hearts to God. His will is for us to feed the ones in our midst at the time they are with us. As parents, we are not to put it off for a more convenient time. As a community, we are not to wait for perfect timing or a holiday hour or a disaster. As people in the workplace, we are not to wait for just the right time or when no one else is around.

The will of God is to act. The will of God is to love. As Elizabeth Ann Seton says, the will of God is our daily work, as He wills it because it is His will. In our ordinary day, in our ordinary way, listen to what He wills and do it. Just do it.


  1. Julie: I thought this might be the best way to get ahold of you. I am asking you (and any of your readers) to pray for a young man I know who is interviewing soon for a position at Vanderbilt University. He is a devout Catholic and would be a real blessing to the university and a lovely dinner guest for your family!

  2. Lovely post Julie, Blessings!!