The good news for the day March 7, 2017
Tuesday of the First Week in Lent (225)
Jesus says to his followers: “In praying, do not “just ramble” like others do–people who think that they will be heard because they say lots of words. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: Our Father you are in heaven, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…If you forgive others for their offending you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive them, neither will your Father forgive you for offending.” (Matthew 6)
“HOW” to pray—not “What” to pray. Reflection on these words remind us that it is Personal Prayer, Talking TO God, not AT him, God is actually listening to what you really say—what your heart says. That’s what that preamble is about—not to whack words in God’s direction like hitting practice balls into the outfield. Somebody—God, a Person—is there listening.
How do you pray? Do you think of His business first—His family (“name”) and his kingdom and his Will? Essentially, are you praying that you can be part of His Picture—His Family, His doings, and His community of humans?
You ask for Nourishment of the soul—incidentally the word “daily” is not right here—the original language has a weird word which means roughly “above-existence” So you are praying to share that Special Life, nourished by forgiveness which defines the following of Jesus, rather than following human ways, and human values. You Live insofar as you forgive and are forgiven.
Forgiveness—asking and receiving is—is the key to the House of God—and you pray for the strength to forgive and be forgiven—rather than be merciless.