October 7, 2015

The Gospel Today

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Luke 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”

Reflection (Sem. Jonathan T. Cigaral)

My family loves our tatay (father) so much. We love our father and there are many reasons why we love him. We love our father because he took care of us and worked hard to provide for us; he disciplined us to be the persons that we are now and taught us right values in life with guidance and support.

He allowed us to experience the realities of life – its joys and sufferings. Instead of being an over-protective father to us, he was a loving husband to our nanay (mother) and a loving father to us his children. The list can go endless as to why we love our father so much.

But I think the most significant reason why we love him is that he is our father. Yes, we love our tatay because God gave him to us as our father. There is an intrinsic relationship between us and him for he is our father. He fulfilled his mission to be our earthly father when our Father in heaven entrusted us to him to be cared for and loved. He built a family borne out of love and faith to our Father in heaven.

To say “our father” means that there is a father-child relationship. “Our Father”, the first two words of the Lord’s Prayer tells us about our relationship with our Father in heaven. He is our Father, and we are His children. “Our” means He is related to us. The Father that we talk to whenever we pray the Lord’s Prayer is associated with us and we are connected to Him in an understood relationship – He is our Father and we are His adopted children. It is by His own mercy that He allowed us to be born again (Jn. 3:1).

In a Bible commentary on the Lord’s Prayer, it is written that Jesus presents to His disciples an example of a Christian communal prayer that stresses the fatherhood of God and acknowledges Him as the one to whom the Christian disciple owes daily sustenance, forgiveness and deliverance from the final trial.

At the onset of the Lord’s Prayer, there is an acknowledgement that there is a bond between us and the Father in heaven who looks upon us, His children, lovingly listening to each words that we utter in our prayers.

In our Gospel, the Lord’s Prayer is a prayer which helps us to communicate with our Father in heaven all the essential things that we need to say to Him. In times when words are simply not there to describe how we feel, the Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that would say it all. God knows for the simple reason that it was His Son who taught us how to pray “The Lord’s Prayer.”

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