The Will of the Father – John 6:37-40 Reflection
Believing the living water of Christ is available to you makes accepting the will of the Father easier to discern. Something not discussed very often is letting go of knowing the effect of doing what God desires will be. Trusting grace from source to destination can be difficult because it is our nature to know when, who, what, and whys. This style of participation with grace results in thoughts from nowhere suddenly materializing into action. When we push aside the desire to know, it makes room to become fully present for the needs of others around us. We grow in the gift of hope, moving about like a thin but strong spider’s strand. Trusting Jesus’s will of the Father exposes us to the same kind of thirst and hunger, walking hand in hand toward eternity.
Jesus Teaches the People by the Sea by James Tissot (full-resolution painting)
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John 6:37-40 – Scripture*
Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; 38 for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible John 6 Bible passage.
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