Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
Octomber 10, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Father, Hallowed Be Your Name . . . .
St. Teresa of Avila and many other saints have long commented on the great treasures stored up in the simple prayer of the Our Father. The version rendered in Luke is shorter than that of Matthew and its slimmed down contours point to the most critical elements of the prayer.
First and foremost, we honor God's holy name. His name is precious. His name is to be honored. His name is to be exalted. And His name is to be cherished because it is in His name that we come to know Him.
Next we pray that God's holy kingdom be brought to fruition on Earth in our time. In that prayer we commit ourselves to making it happen for as many people as we shall encounter on a day. God's Kingdom is made manifest through the love and devotion of His people for all people.
Only after our "commitment" to God's cause do we move on to ask for those things we need. And it's important to remember that they are things we need, not everything in the world that we want. First, food to keep us alive and healthy and doing God's work. Not all the food in the world, but daily bread--sustenance not sumptuosity.
Next, the forgiveness of sins with yet another commitment--to forgive those who have sinned against us with the same generosity that God forgives us. In a certain sense, this is a spiritual law. We cannot be forgiven if we cannot forgive. It simply isn't possible because we hold ourselves bound. It isn't that God doesn't want to forgive, but He has put the power of accepting that forgiveness in our hands, and if we choose not to forgive another, then we have chosen not to accept His forgiveness.
And finally we pray never to be separated from the love of God through succumbing to temptation that separates us from Him. This is the capstone of the prayer--the critical element that helps to bind all the rest together. For, if separated, how can we declare His name Holy? How can we lead others to the kingdom? How can we ask for our food and forgiveness?
The Our Father is a powerful prayer of commitment to service and commitment to God. No wonder the Church leans so heavily upon it in the daily round of prayer.
- JuandelaCruz |
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