In the third petition we say, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
What does this mean? It means, “As the angels serve you in Heaven, let us serve you that way on Earth.”
For his holy angels obey him. They do not offend him. They do his commands because they love him. This is what we pray for, then: that we may also do God’s commands in love.
We can also understand these words another way. “Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Heaven is the soul; Earth is the body. Then what does it mean to say, “Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven?” It means, “As we hear your teaching, let our flesh consent to us.” If flesh and spirit are fighting, we will not be able to fulfill God’s commands. –St. Augustine, Sermon 9 on the New Testament, 5
IN GOD’S PRESENCE, CONSIDER . . .Am I ready to take God’s assignment and do his will as the angels do? What is God asking me to do right now that I’m avoiding doing?
My Guardian Angel, teach me to love, pray, and fight the good fight on Earth, so that I may faithfully reflect your life of service in Heaven.
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