16 June 2016
Thursday, 11th Week in Ordinary Time
Sir 48:1 – 14 / Mt 6:7 – 15
Gospel Reading: Mk 6:7- 15
Jesus said to the crowd, "When you pray. Do not use a lot of words, as the pagans do, for they hold that the more you 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 the kind of bread we need. 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."
If we ever think of true prayer, there is nothing better that what the Our Father taught us in today's Gospel reading. The "Our Father" is the most beautiful and most complete prayer we could have.
First, we acknowledge our key relationship with God: he is our Father; we are his children. We know what a father is in a family: the protector, the provider, the care-giver, the powerful one. The father represents the family: without him the family is without a head.
Secondly, we proclaim the holiness of God, "holy be your name," and thirdly, we pray that God's "will be done on earth as in heaven."
Only after our confession in God do we beg God for our own needs: we ask for our physical need of food to live and sustain ourselves; we ask to be forgiven in the way we forgive others; and we pray to be strong in temptation and to be delivered from the evil one.
The prayer emphasizes the need to forgive others: "Forgive us our debts just as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us." Do we understand this when we pray the Our Father? Do we mean it when we ask God to "forgive our debts just as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us"?
Let us mean what we say when we pray of the Lord's Prayer.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Sr. Lutgarda Raagas RVM
Cresencio & Celia Jao
James & Josie Tan Gotamco
Jeannette & Atty. Biddy Tan
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Lim Yu Eng Tiu (1907 – 1994)
George & Juanita Eufemio
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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