From today’s Gospel: ‘Not every one who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven’.

St John Chrysostom, commenting on this saying of our Lord, wrote: ‘Wherefore said He not, but he that does my will? Because for the time it was a great gain for them to receive even this first; yea it was very great, considering their weakness. And moreover He intimated the one also by the other. And withal this may be mentioned, that in fact there is no other will of the Son besides that of the Father’.

To this we may add the words of St Cyprian, in his work on the ‘Our Father’: ‘We also say in addition: “Thy will be done in heaven as it is on earth,” not that God may do what He wishes, but that we may be able to do what God wishes. For who stands in the way of God’s doing what He wishes? But since the devil stands in the way of our mind and action obeying God in all things, we pray and petition that God’s will be done in us. That it may be done in us, there is need of God’s will, that is, of His help and protection, because no one is strong in his own strength, but is safe by the indulgence and mercy of God. Finally also the Lord, showing the infirmity of man which He was bearing, says: “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me,” and giving forth to His disciples an example not to do their own will but God’s, He added: “Yet not as I will, but as thou willest.” And in another place He says: “For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent me.” But if the Son obeyed to do His Father’s will, how much more should the servant obey to do his Lord’s will …’

May we seek in all things to do the will of God this day, and may He bless us.