One of the shortest and most powerful prayers we say, taught and used by Jesus himself, is “Thy Will be done.” Union with the will of God is the heart of salvation and the essence of holiness. It is also the soul of the Culture of Life, where we do not pretend that human life is subject to our will. Rather, we welcome human life because it is God’s will to create and to entrust the lives of others to our care.
Not only accepting, but eagerly yearning for the will of God, causes us to serve the weak, and to work to see that human law reflects God’s will by protecting the vulnerable. Saying “thy will be done” also helps us avoid the temptation to throw life away when it is afflicted with illness.
When Jesus began His preaching He declared that the Kingdom of God had come among us. Yet in the prayer He taught us, He instructed us to pray, “Thy Kingdom Come!” The kingdom, indeed, is already here. The Kingdom is Jesus Himself, united with His members who, together with Him, make up His Body, the Church. Yet the kingdom is not yet here in all its completion. It continues to grow, and it continues to strive against many enemies. God’s Kingdom, as the liturgy says, is a kingdom “of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace.” This kingdom defines the culture of life, where the unborn and frail are welcomed and protected. Each time we pray the Our Father, let our longing for that kingdom increase.