The Good News for the Day, June 22, 2017
Thursday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time (387)
Jesus says to His followers and friends: “When you pray, do not just mutter familiar mumblings mechanically like so many who think that they will be heard because their praying has so many words to it. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Here is how you are to pray: “Our Father, You who 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 their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Matthew 6)
If only we could hear and say these words fresh—hear them for the first time: Try saying this paraphrase out loud: “You are the Daddy of us all, God! You are Different—and people who have your family name are Different—holy; let the difference of holiness expand. You offer a holy Realm. If only that realm could include us! It would, if people did what you will and want as our Creator—to be caring, patient—and life-giving.
“Give us real nourishment each day—bread for our heart and soul. Let our bad choices go—our mistakes, harm, and bad intents; erase the harm that goes on—while work to do that—to forgive—in our daily lives.
“Don’t let illusory gods tempt us into swamps and deserts—but keep us on the straight and narrow. And keep offering us ways and means to get out of any bad practices of ours–prejudice, resentments, and indifference.”
Forgiveness is circular. When you truly remember—and forgive anyway—you are God-like. It does come back to you—guilt fades, and the Good News replaces anger with joy, with a thrilled resurrection of your whole existence.