It’s hard to say “yes” to God. To get over ourselves enough to pray like Jesus did in the Garden. To say to God “…yet, not as I will, but as you will.”
To even try to live and love God’s way.
If we do? Sunday’s first reading tells us what we’re going to get. Push back. Hard.
It lets us know that our attempts to live and love God’s way (whether they succeed or fail) won’t be well received.
Because we’re trying to live and love God’s way among people that are desperately trying to avoid God. And the last thing they want to see is someone actually living and loving God’s way.
Because that lived example of a life drawing close to God in love shows them everything that God wants for them. The life that should be theirs.
It shows clearly that desperately trying to avoid God has left them with poor substitutes for the love of God.
It also shows each of us that saying “…yet, not as I will, but as you will” to God is our only hope.
Because we are them.
More on this tomorrow.