Maundy Thursday 13th April
Jesus prayed: Father, if you are willing,
remove this cup from me.
Nevertheless, not my will, but your will be done.
Insofar as we able to abandon our own ideas
about what should happen,
and allow the situation as it us to reveal itself to us,
we are amenable to discerning the will of God.
– Jean Pierre de Caussade
Jesus taught us to seek God’s will in prayer,
and not impose our own.
To not be so insistent on convincing God to do things our way,
that we stop being attentive
to the path that God is trying to lead us on.
Even in his most trying moments of life,
as in Gethsemane the night before he was crucified,
Jesus held on to what he believed to be at the heart of all prayer:
to seek God’s will and not insist on his own.
He taught it early on to his disciples
when they asked him to teach them about prayer:
when you pray say
“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.”
But how often have we prayed with the attitude of
“my will be done”? It is so easy to do.
It does not mean that we should not be honest with God
about what we would like,
even Jesus prayed that the cup of suffering
be taken away from him.
We should have an honest relationship with God
but, as Jesus knew, that in the end it needs to be
about trusting God, and not trying to manipulate God, in prayer.
A prayer by Jean Pierre de Caussade
I consecrate this day
entirely to your love and your greater glory.
I know not what this day may bring,
either pleasant or troublesome,
whether I shall be happy or sorrowful,
enjoy consolation or undergo pain or grief;
it shall be as you please.
I give myself into your hands
and surrender to whatever you will.