The other day, I mentioned that just because something happens, it doesn’t mean that God wills it. It isn’t God’s will, for instance, that children get sick and die. It isn’t God’s will that we commit violent crimes against each other. It isn’t God’s will that some among us suffer hunger, homelessness, or loneliness. It isn’t God’s will that we treat our most vulnerable, the unborn and the elderly, with callous indignity.
None of this is God’s will.
He envisioned something much better and more beautiful for us: peace, joy, love, and intimate friendship with the King of all.
But God is a gentleman, and he never forces Himself upon us. He asks us to choose Him, to want Him above all other things. He longs for that, and it is why He so cherishes the sinner who returns to Him, but He never demands it.
This is the great problem of free will: we are equally free to choose or reject God, to choose evil or to choose love.
Advent begins today, four short weeks to prepare our hearts to receive the infant Christ, to turn away from sin and worldliness and choose He who is Love itself. This is a time for penance, for renewed acts of charity and mercy, and for refocusing on what matters most to us.
I’m grateful for these times, because it’s so easy to be distracted. But God is always calling, always seeking, and always waiting for us to turn back to Him, too.