Our Pauline prayer book has a page in it that we refer to in code language. It is "that" prayer. Say this to a group of Daughters of St. Paul, and we will all know which prayer you are talking about. It is entitled, "Act of Submission to the Will of God."
Maybe it is the language of "submission" that we Americans find so appalling: anything we are asked to "submit" is assumed to be terribly bad, or at least burdensome. And it's not just certain members of my community who think of "submission to the will of God" in that way. How many times do you hear people sigh, with a shrug of the shoulders, "It was the will of God" when they are trying to cope with some tragedy or disappointment?
Interestingly, the "will of God" is a kind of common point between today's first reading and Gospel. In the first reading, the Israelites ask the "will of God" question with regard to their military defeat. But they aren't sincerely seeking the will of God in the matter, as can be seen by their subsequent actions, which attempt to co-opt the power of God, regardless of what his will might be. People only do that when they suspect that the "will" of the other isn't in their favor. The Gospel shows us the opposite disposition: the leper who came to Jesus acknowledged his will and his power: "If you will to do so, you can cure me." That was the leper's "Act of Submission to the Will of God," and it brought him healing.
If only we could change the name of that prayer!