“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus introduces the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples. At a first read, the passage may seem obvious or begging to not be further considered. The Our Father is innately in us it seems, being recited by many from an early age, and regularly in the liturgy. Today, we are presented with an opportunity to think deeper about this prayer.
I like to pray these words line by line, with an intentional reflection on each phrase. Each time I do this, something else stands out and the words of praise and plea of forgiveness suggests a new action or thought to dwell within me. May this prayer impact your life in a different light each time it may arise.
—Mark Joseph Ehrbar is Co-Director of Music at Gesu Church, University Heights, OH.
Life-giving God, help my walk today in your holy grace.
May I share your grace and goodness today with each person I meet.
For your greater honor and glory always! Amen.
—The Jesuit prayer teamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!