Posted by: livingscripture | October 9, 2013

Twenty-seventh Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name.”

(Matt. 11: 2)

            

How should we live this Word? 100_0210

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray and the lord gifted them and us with the treasure of a prayer that is the Our Father.  Already the word, Father, opens up circles of light in our hearts because God’s paternity is also maternity, in the sense that in God all is love that generates, vivifies, recuperates, protects, and saves.

Let us pause a moment on the first petition, “Hallowed be Your name”.  This in itself is a pearl.  First, it allows us to enter into a deep understanding of how much beauty, truth, and goodness surround us.  It shows us how this gift asks us to become that which we are called to be, the praise of the Most High God, our Abbà of unlimited tenderness.

Saying, ‘hallowed be Thy name’, is to be aware that at any moment I can praise God for the splendid clouds above me; I can say ‘Thank You and Praise to You, Lord’!  As I look upon an oak tree with its interwoven branches that are so harmonious, I can exalt God for it.  I become aware when I not only look, but see the leaves changing into bright hues of red, yellow, and orange, and the wild geese flying south in formation, and my heart is filled with immense gratitude and praise.

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will dwell on the beauty around me, outside my window, inside my home, and I will bless God’s name.  Thus, I will hallow God’s name and relish His vivifying Presence in me and His love that helps me to live fully the gift of existence.

O Lord, help me to get out of the rut I am in that makes me act like a machine!  Wake me to the awareness of praise that will help me see the world around me in a new light and will fill my heart with prayer and the praise of Your name! 

The Voice of St. Augustine

Who is it that truly praises Me if not the one who sincerely loves Me?

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