Sunday, July 24, 2016

A thoughtful penance

At confession the other day my pastor asked me once again to pray the our father slowly, thinking about each sentence and then to pray the Hail Mary and offer it up for those who have no one to pray for.

As I was praying each sentence of the Lords prayer, I thought about what that sentence meant and what Jesus wanted us to pray for.
Our father who art in heaven:  that means that he is somewhere our Lord and Creator is somewhere he is he exists and he's there for us.

Hallowed be thy name means that he is holy, he is set apart; that he is so much more than we know or can comprehend.

Thy kingdom come thy will be done:  his kingdom exists and he's in charge!  Our holy, amazingly more than we could ever imagine creator,  and holy father is here and he's in charge!  We don't have to worry about being here by ourselves because our holy father will care for us.
On earth as it is in heaven:  means here and there....wherever heaven is. Again, he is in charge and we don't have to worry!

Give us this day our daily bread:  our holy father knows what we need.  We don't need to worry about our needs, God has our backs.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
Boy, this one is the most difficult phrase of all!  We Will be forgiven AS we forgive those around us.

As we forgive those who trespass against us.....  Hard, but a must.  I had s priest tell me once that if I have a problem forgiving that person how can you expect to be forgiven yourself?    Oh yeah....

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.   God will protect us snd we only need to ask!.

Amen, simply means so be it, in other words, it is so, I believe

There's a great deal to think about in this one prayer.   It also sums up all that we need, too.

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