From the Word of the Day
In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. (Matthew 6: 7-10)
We said last Sunday that Lent is a time par excellence for intense and prolonged prayer. Today, we have Jesus, our unique Teacher of prayer, giving us a lesson on prayer. He tells us that prayer does not consist in many words to tell God of our needs, because our Father knows what we need before we ask Him. Nor does prayer consist in the vain attempt to bend God’s will to our own. God is an authentic Father who loves His children to ‘folly’, before all their needs.
In effect, Jesus is very preoccupied with prayer for His disciples. He wanted them to pray always, with insistence; He wants their prayer to be authentic, limpid, transparent, humble, and tenacious.
Let us pause a moment on the word ‘Father’. It is really unusual and surprising. Father is not one of the many names given to God, like immense, eternal, uncreated…yet, it is His name par excellence. If I call Him Father, I say everything of Him. Jesus used the term of his mother language, Aramaic, Abba, which in English is translated as ‘Daddy’ and expresses all the filial intimacy that flows from the Son’s contemplation of His Father. The first word of the Our Father is already an announcement that puts us at the center of Christian prayer because it already contains everything as in a seed.
The beautiful news that God is Abba and we are His children is freeing and gives us enormous comfort. It means that the origin of our life was not due to chance or destiny, but due to a free decision, full of total, personal love and of absolute gratuity. We are neither slaves nor orphans. We are only, immensely, and forever beloved children!
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will bask in the bright Sun of the love of the Father for me personally and thank Him and thank Jesus for showing me His Face! I will also pray the Our Father with mindfulness and love.
Lord, open my heart to spread Your Love!
The Voice of God’s Word
What great love the Father has given us to be called children of God, and we really are. (Cf. 1 John 3: 1)
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Comment by Fr. Fernando Bergamelli, SDB