Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Thursday 11th Week in Ordinary Time
Thursday 11th Week in Ordinary Time
[St. Romuald, Abbot]
Sir 48: 1-14 / Ps 97: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7 / Mt 6: 7-15
Reading: Sir 48: 1-14
Then came the prophet Elijah like a fire, his words a burning torch. He brought a famine on the people and in his zealous love had them reduced in number. Speaking in the name of the Lord he closed the heavens, and on three occasions called down fire. How marvelous you were, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Who could ever boast of being your equal? By the word of the Most High you brought a dead man back to life; you brought kings to destruction and thrust famous men from their beds. You heard a rebuke at Sinai and sentences of punishment at Horeb; you anointed kings to be avengers and prophets to succeed you. You were taken up by a whirlwind of flames in a chariot drawn by fiery horses. It was written that you should be the one to calm God's anger in the future before it broke out in fury, to turn the hearts of fathers to their sons and to restore the tribes of Jacob. Happy are those who will see you and those who die in love, for we too shall live. Such was Elijah, taken up in a whirlwind, and Elisha was filled with his spirit. During his life no leader could shake him, no one dominated him. Nothing was too difficult for him and even in death his body prophesied. In life he worked wonders, in death his deeds were amazing.
Gospel: Mt 6: 7-15
When you pray, do not use a lot of words, as the pagans do, for they hold that the more they say, the more chance they have of being heard. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need, even before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, holy be your name, your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts just as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us. Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from the evil one. If you forgive others their wrongs, your Father in heaven will also forgive yours. If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive you either.
God is really great! His love is so boundless that he even taught us the best way to communicate with Him. Beautiful in its simplicity, the Lord's Prayer is as concise as it is unmistakably clear. When expressed fervently, it allows us to articulate the ideal relationship of man with his Lord and Creator. Truly, Jesus as the incarnated Word of God that transforms us if we listen and learn. Whenever we recall the transfiguration event we hear God say: "…listen to him," as Jesus appeared as central to understanding Moses for the Law and Elijah for the Prophets. In our first reading the power of God's Word is manifested through the person of Elijah the prophet who spoke so powerfully on behalf of God.
Now, we find Jesus powerfully teaching us the Lord's Prayer. The Lord's Prayer is used as basis for a well-known acronym that has been developed to help us in our search of qualities for the most proper way to convey our thoughts and feelings to God.
There is Acclamation, where we proclaim our praise and worship of the Almighty, "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name." There is Contrition, where we acknowledge remorse for our sinfulness, "Forgive us our trespasses," and our complete willingness to share God's pardon with others, "as we forgive those who trespass against us." Thanksgiving, where we are grateful that God bestows His blessings and Fatherly love unworthy though we are, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Supplication, where, with humility we ask for God's help and succor to meet our needs, "Give us this day our daily bread," and His divine protection, "Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil." ACTS, acclamation, contrition, thanksgiving and supplication, four qualities to remember when praying to our Lord!
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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