Discernment of God’s Will: In today’s first reading, Proverbs 3: 27-34, and responsorial psalm, Psalm 15, we are given several ways to know whether our wills are in harmony with the will of God.
In today’s first reading, Proverbs 3: 27-34, God says to us:
“Refuse no one the good on which he [or she] has a claim when it is in your power to do it for [that person]. Say not to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give,’ when you can give at once. When a person accepts this instruction, he or she is at peace. That peace signals harmony with the will of God. Likewise when you “plot no evil against your neighbor, against one who lives at peace with you”; when you “[q]uarrel not with [a person] without cause, with one who has done you no harm….” your will, again, is in harmony with the will of God.
In the responsorial psalm, the Lord continues to instruct us according to His holy will: “…walk blamelessly and do justice; …think the truth…slander not. …[H]arm not…[your] neighbor …[H]onor those who fear the Lord. …[L]end not [your] money in usury [at exorbitant interest rates] and accept no bribe against the innocent. …[D]o these things [and you] shall never be disturbed.”
What do you and I need to do to bring our wills into harmony with the will of God, to live in harmony with others and with ourselves? In what ways are we helping others in need? In what ways are we honoring those who reverence the Lord?