The Lord’s Prayer...and Ours
In today’s Gospel (Matthew 6:7-15), we pick up on yesterday discussion wherein Jesus spoke of the importance of prayer. It is in today’s passage however that Jesus gives his Apostles (and us) personal guidance on how to pray.
Many have said that the “Our Father” is in fact the perfect prayer. It is during its recitation that we give thanks, acknowledge God as the center of our very being, state our fundamental core Christian beliefs, reinforce the fact that we must eschew our own will and instead pursue God’s will in our lives. If that’s not enough, we then go on to ask the Lord to provide us with that which we need ~ no more no less ~ seeking forgiveness and acknowledging our need to be forgiving. Finally, we proactively seek the Lord’s help in keeping us clear of sin and firmly on the road to eternal salvation.
So much ground covered in such a short prayer.
It’s interesting to note that today’s Gospel passage closes with Jesus reminding us yet again of the importance of forgiving others. After having recited the prayer that went on to become known as the ”Our Father,“ he could’ve chosen any one of a number of items to include in the re-cap. That Jesus specifically chooses to remind us of the importance of forgiving others of their transgressions merely underscores how important it is to make unconditional forgiveness a part of our Catholic Christian DNA.
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