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)
Today, Jesus our only Teacher of prayer, shows us the true essence of Christian prayer. Jesus does not want us to waste many words with God in regard to our needs because God already knows what we need. Prayer is not an attempt to bend God’s will to ours or try to placate Him in our regard. God is an authentic Father who really loves His children beyond our needs. Jesus wants His disciples to pray always with insistence and that prayer should be authentic, pure, transparent, humble, and tenacious.
Jesus tells us to call God ‘Father’ which was not one of the usual names attributed to God, yet it is His name par excellence. When Jesus addresses the Father, He uses the term from the Arabic, His mother tongue – Abba – which means ‘Daddy’. it expresses all the filial intimacy that comes from the Son’s contemplation of His Father.
The Good News is that God is ABBA and we are His children; this is a source of great comfort and joy. it means that at the origin of our life there is not chance or destiny, but a free choice, full of total love, personal, and of absolute gratuity. We are neither slaves nor orphans but only and immensely and forever, beloved children!
Through the day, I will keep in my heart the simple words of the Our Father, even repeating only ‘ABBA’, my beloved Father God. Tertullian said that the Our Father summarizes the whole Gospel.
The voice of Teofius of Antioch, Ancient Bishop
If I call Him Father, I say everything He is.