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The good news for the day June 16

Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time (368)

Jesus says to his students:…but you, when you pray, go into a private place, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is invisible to you. Then your Father, who sees—no matter how hidden will answer you. In any case, when you pray, do not ramble–like others do. They think—because of all their words—that they will get heard. Don’t be like that; your Father, of course, knows what you need ahead of time…and ” (Matthew 6)

“This is how you are to pray:       A different way of thinking about it:

‘Our Father who art in heaven,    You gave us life—

                                                                              You—in the realm of what’s right;

Hallowed be Thy name,               May You be loved in a special way

Thy kingdom come,                      Let what you show as right be the rule

Thy will be done, on earth            Let whatever is right for you be done

as it is in heaven.                              now—as it is in the realm of what’s right

Give us this day our daily bread; Give us this day our “distinctive” bread

(“daily” is not Biblical)

and forgive us our trespasses,       And forgive us for wronging others

as we forgive those                                 as we forgive those who wrong us.

who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,   Lead us on life’s path to avoid dangers

but deliver us from evil.’                         but save us if we fall into something bad.

The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer you and I might pray daily, but so often its archaic words mislead us. “Thy,” for example, is archaic, a term reserved once upon a time for intimate conversations. In fact, ”Thy” today has come to be reserved for God as Awesome—and NOT as intimate & personal.

My point here is NOT to replace hallowed words, but to offer a fresh perspective and restore the friendly conversation this prayer once was. We welcome any suggestions!    

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