Catechism of the Catholic Church

Christian Prayer 677 III. “T hy W ill B e D one on E arth as I t I s in H eaven ” 2822 Our Father “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 95 He “is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish.” 96 His commandment is “that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” 97 This commandment summarizes all the others and ex­ presses his entire will. 2823 “He has made known to us the mystery of his will, accord­ ing to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ . . . to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined ac­ cording to the purpose of himwho accomplishes all things accord­ ing to his counsel and will.” 98 We ask insistently for this loving plan to be fully realized on earth as it is already in heaven. 2824 In Christ, and through his human will, the will of the Father has been perfectly fulfilled once for all. Jesus said on enter­ ing into this world: “Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.” 99 Only Jesus can say: “I always do what is pleasing to him.” 100 In the prayer of his agony, he consents totally to this will: “not my will, but yours be done.” 101 For this reason Jesus “gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.” 102 “And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” 103 2825 “Although he was a Son, [Jesus] learned obedience through what he suffered.” 104 How much more reason have we sinful creatures to learn obedience—we who in him have become children of adoption. We 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 are radically 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. 105 95 1 Tim 2:3-4. 96 2 Pet 3:9; cf. Mt 18:14. 97 Jn 13:34; cf. 1 Jn 3; 4; Lk 10:25-37. 98 Eph 1:9-11. 99 Heb 10:7; Ps 40:7. 100 Jn 8:29. 101 Lk 22:42; cf. Jn 4:34; 5:30; 6:38. 102 Gal 1:4. 103 Heb 10:10. 104 Heb 5:8. 105 Cf. Jn 8:29. 851 2196 59 475 612 615