Tuesday, October 10, 2017
WEDNESDAY, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
October 1 1, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
St. John XXIII, Pope Green
Jon 4: 1 - 11 / Lk 11: 1 - 4
Italian St. John XXIII (1881 -1963) was Pope from 1958 till his death in 1963. He convened Vatican Council II (1962) which was continued and concluded under his successor Pope Paul VI (1897 -1978). St. Pope John XXIII was canonized together with St. Pope John Paul II by Pope Francis on 27 April 2014, with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in attendance,
GOSPEL READING: Lk 11: 1- 4
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place and when he had finished, one of his disciples asked him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." And Jesus said to them, "When you pray, say this: Father, hallowed be your name, may your kingdom come, give us each day the kind of bread we need, and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive all who do us wrong, and do not bring us to the test."
Do we pray with joy and confidence? When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he gave them what we now call the Lord's prayer. This prayer from Jesus himself dares us to call God "Our Father" and boldly asks for all the things we need to live as his sons and daughters. We can worship, adore and approach God our Father with confidence and boldness because Jesus his only begotten Son has taught us about him and has opened heaven for us through his redemptive passion, death and resurrection.
Jesus assures us that God answers all our prayers, though oftentimes not in the way and for what we may have asked for. When we ask for help, he responds with his mercy and grace. God is kind and forgiving and he expects us to treat and forgive others in a similar way. We can pray with confident faith because God is our Father who loves us as his children. God delights to give us what is good for us. His love and grace transform us "as our heavenly Father is perfect."
Through and with his grace and help, we can love and serve one another as
Jesus taught and showed us, with grace, mercy and loving kindness.
Do we treat others as they deserve or as the Lord would, with grace and mercy? We pray to be forgiven in the manner that we forgive others" - do we really mean it?
We pray: "Father in heaven, give me a mind to know you, a will to serve you and heart to love you. Give me the grace to do your holy will. Give me your grace and my daily bread. Help me to be kind and forgiving to others as you are to me. And keep me from evil. Amen."
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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