At home, we have two dogs: Toby, a Labrador Retriever, and Cholo, a Shih Tzu. Their
daily routine is to sleep, wake up, go for a morning walk, eat, play, and sleep again. They do not do any laborious work but they are able to eat daily. During meal times, they patiently wait for my mom to prepare their food. They eat in separate dog bowls. Cholo usually eats his food in portions, he leaves it for a while and comes back later to continue eating. Toby, on the other hand, eats fast and is able to finish the entire course at once. Despite Cholo leaving his bowl, Toby never attempted to eat Cholo’s food unless we told him to eat it because Cholo is already full. He is content with whatever is given to him.

If a dog can be so patient and can exhibit contentment with what is given to him, how
much more can we? There are times that in our compulsion to get more and more, we forget to realize that we are accumulating much for ourselves; where in fact, we can share these to others instead. There are times that in our desire for instant things, we tend to slowly lose our sense of being patient oftentimes forgetting that things happen in God’s perfect time. As we continuously reflect on the Lord’s prayer, let us pray to God that He may instill in our hearts the values of humility, generosity, contentment, and patience.

By Sem. John Paul Toting


MT 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father who art 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;
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 men their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

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