TUESDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2021
Matthew 6, 7-15:
“Pray like this: Our Father 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, 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 reciting. But it could be that we recite without praying.
Sometimes we repeat words and more 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 Lord’s Prayer. 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 fraternity with every human being, children of the Father just as I am.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer slowly today, tasting and savouring each phrase and each word.
Antonio Sanjuán Marín, cmf