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October 11, 2017 – Teach us to Pray

Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

From Jesus’s lips to ours.  The Lord’s prayer has been the most common prayer of Christians for the last twenty centuries.  It began with a simple request from the disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray.”  The prayer Jesus offered was a new way of interacting with God.  Imagine how challenging this prayer must have been, for a faith that did not use or write the name of G-d.  Now Jesus wanted his followers to call God Abba.

This personal relationship with God along with its seven requests seem so simple.  We can pray them easily without fully comprehending the words on our lips.  St. John Paul II said of the Our Father there is “such a simplicity in them that even a child can learn them, but at the same time such a depth that a whole life can be spent meditating on their meaning.”  A meaning that when fully realized that can change our heart, mind and spirit.  I have with Catholic patients who have not spoken in days and when praying the Our Father, they pray the words along with me.

Like this prayer, our faith and religious symbolism is rooted deep within our being. Yesterday, I had a conversation with a person with whom I work.  Their parent, who has dementia cannot remember what meal she had last eaten but having seen of the incident at our shrine on the news became upset.  She had grown up at our parish and even though she had not been in a long time she felt sad for what had happened.  The Shrine and the Our Father are sacred, yet sometimes we just pass them by without fully appreciating their spiritual power. 

If pray the Our Father, savoring every word especially the Abba.  Then this prayer will have a decisive influence on our daily lives.  An influence that will challenge us to genuinely aspire to be the worthy disciples who are the children of God.  Consider coming to our parish retreat based on the Our Father called, “On Earth as it is in Heaven” October 21st, 9 am – 1 pm.  Here is the link:  http://www.icparishdayton.org/events

Lord, help us give You praise without ceasing.  Lord, form us more fully so that we think, talk and act as kingdom builders.  Grant us the ability to forgive others unconditionally, so that we will be forgiven completely.  Lord, permeate our hearts with goodness and peace so that lure of evil will have no draw for us.  Amen. Alleluia!

- Deacon Michael Montgomery