Tuesday, October 09, 2018
WEDNESDAY, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
October 10, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, 27th Week in Ordinary Time
Gal 2: 1 - 2, 7- 14 / Lk 11: 1 – 4
FROM THE 1ST READING: Gal 2: 7- 10
They recognized that I have been entrusted to give the Good News to the pagan nations, just as Peter has been entrusted to give it to the Jews. In the same way that God made Peter the apostle of the Jews, he made me the apostle of the pagans.
James, Peter and John acknowledged the graces God gave me. Those men who were regarded as the pillars of the Church stretched out their hand to me and Barnabas as a sign of fellowship; we would go to the pagans and they to the Jews. We should only keep in mind the poor among them. I have taken care to do this.
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."
In the first reading Paul writes about Peter as the apostle of the Jews and himself as the apostle of the pagans. He also mentions special concern for the poor.
In the Gospel reading Jesus gives us the most popular, perhaps the most important, prayer in our Christian tradition, the "Our Father."
We learn so much from this prayer given by Jesus himself.
When we pray we pray to our Father, not to the all powerful God and Creator, not to the Supreme Lord and Master.. Jesus invites us to share this intimacy with his Father in heaven and to experience this in prayer. So often and so many times in Matthew's Sermon the Mount Jesus spoke of his Father, of our Father.
We pray that we always put God first; we pray that God's kingdom may rule and that his will be done. We pray that we do our share in establishing God's reign.
We ask for our daily bread for our bodies and also for our souls and spirit, his body and his blood which he has lovingly left us in the Eucharist. We ask to be forgiven our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us: this was precisely his mission, to forgive our sins through his passion, death and resurrection. We pray for the grace to learn to forgive others.
In the silence of our hearts, we know that when we pray to our Father, we are one not only with Jesus in heaven but also with our brothers and sisters in heaven and on earth.
We pray, "Lord, teach us to pray."
Have a good day!
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