“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 http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Today’s gospel invites us to pray over Jesus’ familiar words of the Our Father, a prayer we likely learned when very young. This prayer gets to the heart of right relationships —with our God and with one another. Openness to God’s presence and forgiveness of one another bring us to the very heart of Jesus’ teaching.
Jesus’ invites me today to forgive myself. The humility required to find personal peace makes it possible for me to settle things with another person — especially someone very close.
Make it a “great day” — reach out to someone else and then sit with Jesus to experience peace.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
As we pray the Our Father, let us pray for anyone who has hurt us and also pray for anyone we have hurt.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!