Serving the Word: 16th June


Matthew 6, 7-15:

“You pray thus: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One.”


It is possible to pray by saying prayers. But we can also sometimes say prayers without praying.

Sometimes we repeat words and words in a mechanical way and without realising what each word entails.

Jesus advises us today not to use too many words in our prayer.

He encourages us to approach the Father with great trust, calling on him simply and feeling that we are his children.

He also teaches us the words that express the deepest feelings of all authentic Christian prayer: the Our Father. To pray with the Our Father is to place ourselves in the presence of God as Father, to feel that we are his children in need, and also to feel that we are in communion with every human being, a child of the Father just as I am.

Pray the Our Father slowly today, tasting and savouring each phrase and each word.


Antonio Sanjuan Cmf



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