When the Father asked Jesus to give himself to save us and raise us up, Jesus offered himself freely. Jesus needed to be free to be able to love his Father and us with a love that is perfect. The Father showed great respect for Jesus’ freedom, and Jesus shows great respect for ours.
The style of the Father and of Jesus is to invite. Jesus invites us as his sisters and brothers into the family of his Father. Jesus asks only that we let him work in us in his own way to form us after the pattern of his heart. Most all of the spiritual life is learning how to let go of control. We cannot make ourselves holy or happy. God can and will if we let him.
Then he can reach out through us to others, for the outreach will not be ours but his. The greatest gift we can bring to others is an ex¬ample of total trust in Jesus’ lead.
You call me, Lord, to belong to you and to be your outreach to others. You invite me to be one with your heart. Help me to let go of whatever holds me back from a wholehearted “yes” to your call.