The Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Our Father #5

September 24, 1995
Br. John Raymond

	"Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven," we have prayed so
 often in the Our Father. For almost 2,000 years the Church has
 echoed this petition. We know that in Heaven all carry out the
 Father's Will perfectly. As the Book of Genesis relates, before the
 Fall of Man, Adam and Eve lived in intimate union with God. They
 were destined for eternal happiness in Heaven with God if they
 obeyed Him. This was God's intention or Will for Man__then came the
 Fall. God did not change His Will after this but Man had changed his
 will. Man lost his intimate relationship with God, was inclined to
 break God's commandment of love and lost the right to fulfill his
 ultimate purpose__to spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Fortunately,
 Jesus offered Himself for all, that all may be saved. And "we have
 been sanctified through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ
 once for all." (Heb. 10:10) In our fallen state God's Will for Man
 has not changed, just the method. In Christ He wishes "to gather up
 all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth." (Eph.
 1:9,10) Jesus draws all men to Himself and through Him all men are
 brought to the Father.
	As we know all do not embrace the Good News or have even heard of
 it. God has made us a part of bringing about His Will. We, who in
 Christ have become God's children by adoption, "Ask our Father to
 unite our will to His Son's, in order to fulfill His will, His plan
 of salvation for the life of the world. We, on our own are incapable
 of this, but, united with Jesus and with the power of His Holy
 Spirit, we can surrender our will to Him and decide to choose what
 His Son has always chosen: to do what is pleasing to the Father."
 (Catechism #2825)
	Origen, a teacher in the early Church, tells us this petition of
 the Our Father is a universal one__for the whole world. It does not
 ask that His Will be done only in the faithful but on the whole
 earth, "'So that error may be banished from it, truth take root in
 it, all vice be destroyed on it, virtue flourish on it and earth no
 longer differ from heaven.'" (#2825)
	Of course, God wills that we fulfill His commandment of love. The
 saints strove to will what God willed and now in heaven they possess
 perfect charity. We should imitate them by keeping the example of
 Jesus before our eyes throughout the day. We need to ask ourselves
 and pray about what Jesus would do in such-and-such a situation.
 People ask, "What is God's Will?" while not seeing and doing His
 Will in the opportunities that arise many times a day! We miss so
 many opportunities of being another Christ to our
 neighbor__especially when we become too preoccupied with our own
	I remember the story of a young man who was driving to a job
 interview. He saw a car with a flat tire at the side of the road.
 The owner of the car needed help. The young man struggled between
 stopping to help the man and being late for the interview. Charity
 won out. He stopped, knowing he would be late and probably not get
 the job. After fixing the flat the young man continued on to his
 interview. Upon arriving the secretary told him to wait. Finally, he
 was ushered into a room. Imagine his surprise when he discovered the
 man who was to interview him was the same man who he helped on the
 road. Of course, he got the job.
	Jesus told St. Catherine of Siena, "You concern yourself with my
 interests and I will take care of yours." If we zero in on God's
 Will our lives will become more fruitful__and exciting! "Father, may
 Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven."