Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 21, A.D. 2001

Genesis 16:1-12,15-16
Psalm 106:1-5
Matthew 7:21-29

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

This is how you are to pray: "Our Father....

Just imagine that the Creator of the universe allows us to call on Him as our Father! It is difficult to even go beyond these two words. But, as we continue with the prayer of Jesus, we find it all-encompassing. We pray for God's kingdom to be established in every human heart. And we pray for God's will to be done in our lives. We ask for our daily bread; that is, the holy bread of frequent Holy Communion. We ask to be forgiven our sins, just as we forgive others. We ask for the Father's protection from evil that lurks around every corner.

God the Father should be such an intimate part of our lives that we call Him Daddy! Abba or daddy is an intimate way in relating to God in a totally new way -- as His loving and beloved children. I truly believe I am God's child, because of the Precious Blood of Jesus being shed for me, and the Holy Spirit dwelling within my soul. I share in the very holiness of Jesus, and say with Him: Abba. It is only when our hearts pray in this way that we can bless His name and long for the coming of His kingdom. The one who provides everything for you, waits for your loving embrace!

Abba, Daddy-Father,
allow the words of Jesus' prayer
to penetrate our heart
and to fill us with the glory of God. Amen.

- Deacon Bill Powers (uujpow@aol.com)
(Diocese of Rockville Centre)

St Aloysius Gonzaga

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

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