Saturday, July 28, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE OUR FATHER?
Jesus taught us this Christian prayer on the day on which one of his disciple saw him praying and asked him, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). The Our Father is the “summary of the whole Gospel” (Tertullian), and “the perfect prayer” (Saint Thomas Aquinas). The Church liturgical tradition has always used the text of Saint Matthew ( 6: 9-13).
WHY IS IT CALLED THE “LORD’S PRAYER”?
The Our Father is called the “Oratio Dominica”, that is, the Lord’s Prayer because it was taught to us by the Lord Jesus himself. The prayer that comes to us from Jesus is truly unique: it is “of the Lord.” On the one hand, in the words of this prayer the only Son gives us the words the Father gave him: he is the master of our prayer. On the other, as Word incarnate, he knows in his human heart the needs of his human brothers and sisters and reveals them to us: he is the model of our prayer. It is the prayer fulfilled by the prayer of Christ.
WHAT PLACE DOES IT HAVE IN THE PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
The Lord’s Prayer is essentially rooted in liturgical prayer: The Lord teaches us to make prayer in common for all our brethren. For he did not say “ my Father”, but “ our” Father, offering petitions in common. The Lord’s Prayer is essential to the liturgy of the Church, for it is an integral part of our Eucharistic celebration, Baptism and Confirmation. The Our Father is also part of the Divine Office. [ See CCC 2761-2776]
Friday, July 20, 2012
The power dispositions for one who praise the Our Father are simple and faithful trust, humble and joyous assurance. We begin this most beautiful and meaningful prayer by invoking God as "Father" because he is revealed to us by his Son Christ Jesus who become man.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
When we say "Our" Father, we are invoking the new covenant in Jesus Christ, communion with the Holy Trinity, and the divine love which spreads through the Church to encompass the world.Praying to our Father should develop in us the will to become like him and foster in us a humble and trusting heart."Who art in heaven" does not refer to a place but to God's majesty and his presence in the hearts of the just. Heaven, the Father's house, is the true home land toward which we are heading and to which,already, we belong. The Lord's Prayer contains seven petitions made to God the Father. The object of the first three petitions is the glory of the Father:the sanctification of his name, the coming of the Kingdom, and the fulfillment of his will.The four other petitions present our wants to him: they ask that our lives be nourished, healed of sin, and made victorious in the struggle of good over evil. The seven petitions follows:
Beginning with this first petition to our Father, we are immersed in the innermost mystery of the holiness,majesty, honor and glory of God!We ask God to hallow his name,which by its own holiness saves and make holy all creation. It is this name that gives salvation to a lost world.We ask that this name of God should be hallowed in us through our actions.For God's name is blessed when we live well, but is blasphemed when we live wickedly. As the Apostle Paul says: "The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." We ask then that, just as the name of God is holy, so may we obtain his holiness in our souls. Prayer to our Father is our prayer, if it is prayed in the name of Jesus. In his priestly prayer, Jesus asks: "Holy Father, protect in your name those whom you have given me."
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Church prays for the final coming of the Kingdom of God through Christ's return in glory. The Church prays also that the Kingdom of God increase from now on through people's sanctification in the Spirit and through their commitment to the service of justice and peace in keeping with the Beatitudes.This petition is the cry of the Spirit and the Bride: "Come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22-20).
Saturday, July 7, 2012
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Jesus teaches us that one enters the Kingdom of Heaven not by speaking words, but by doing " the will of my Father in heaven" (Mt. 7:21). God's expression of his will is the Commandment that you love one another, even as I have loved you (Jn.13:34)." Although he was a Son. [Jesus] learned obedience through what he suffered" (Heb.5:8). For this reason Jesus gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God the Father. By prayer we can discern what is the will of God for us and obtain the endurance to do it. In committing ourselves to Jesus, we can become one spirit with him, and thereby accomplish his will that will be perfect on earth as it is in heaven.