another.’97 This commandment summarizes all the others, and expresses his entire will.


2823 ‘He has made known to us the mystery of his will, according

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 according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will.’~8 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 entering 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.”°° In the prayer of his


agony, he consents totally to this will: ‘not my will, but yours, be

done.”°’ 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.”°2 ‘And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”°3 2825 ‘Although he was a Son, [Jesus] learned obedience through what he suffered.”°4 How much more reason have we sinful crea 615 tures 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 fulfil 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 an decide to choose what his Son has always chosen: to do what j pleasing to the Father.’°5
In committing ourselves to [Christ], we can become one spirit with hi and thereby accomplish his will, in such wise that it will be perfect o earth as it is in heaven.b06 Consider how [Jesus Christ] teaches us to be humble, by making us s that our virtue does not depend on our work alone but on grace from o high. He commands each of the faithful who prays to do so universall for the whole world. For he did not say ‘thy will be done in me or in us but ‘on earth’, the whole earth, so that error may be banished from j truth take root in it, all vice be destroyed on it, virtue flourish on it, a earth no longer differ from heaven.’07