THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
So, first, do we in all honesty want this petition to actually be answered? What will need to be changed first in my living and am I willing to campaign this change? We petition that the will of God (made clear in the ministry of Jesus and fulfilled in Christ Jesus) to be fully realized on earth as it must be in the communion of God and the sainted ones in the fullness of the Kingdom, what we call heaven, not a place but a relational community. Jesus teaches us through the example of His ministry that one enters the Kingdom of God/Heaven not by speaking words but by doing the “will of my Father in Heaven” (Mt 7:21) as He did in His public ministry.
Comment. Is this a petition that men and woman will come to listen and do God's will or for God to act? God's will has several meanings: 1) Commandments to be obeyed would be first on our list, 2) God's design for creation to understood as a gift, 3) Salvation and Redemption through, with and in Jesus, 4) That the apostles and disciples carry the way of God to all men and women and to bring about the end of these days where we live in uneasiness because of a lack basic concern, stability and care for each other?
— to be continued
We have this tradition of applying scripture verses to issues and concerns that are vibrant in our culture and society . . . like looking for magical formulae in the scriptures for everything from ingrown toe nails to the current pandemic, forgetting that the contemporary world of our making is not Matthew’s world. Consider, then, that Matthew’s testimony of the miraculous feeding of the multitude is not a discourse on world hunger. Nor is this testimony a call for more earnest sensitivity to the needs of others.
Matthew’s people (14:13-21) testified to that which they have come to understand and believe about Jesus and what Jesus says and does. It’s all about Jesus, period. And yet it’s also fair to note that what Jesus says and does, He chooses to say to disciples like us and to do through us. He asks, “What do you have?” Perhaps that move is the most miraculous aspect of these verses full of miracles.