A reading from the Gospel of 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.”
Praise God for His Son, Jesus!
“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.’”
Teaching… that is the one word that comes to my mind with this scripture. As I go back and read and re-read this Gospel reading, I am reminded of Jesus’ Ministry and His commission to all of us.
When Jesus answers the disciple, I can see how gently and lovingly He teaches this prayer, yet the words He uses to teach are a command, “say”.
Father Michael, a wonderful Redemptorist Priest, has this ability to teach gently and lovingly but with a call to action. All of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels are here for us all… not just to read and take in for our own fulfillment, but to “go”… and teach what Jesus is teaching us through the Holy Spirit.
One day, when Father Michael was teaching, he asked us to say the “Our Father”, but not by ourselves. He said to say it with Jesus by our side, saying it with us. Go ahead, try it today, tomorrow, and the rest of the week and see what happens. How powerful can one prayer be?
After trying this, maybe you will be inspired by the Holy Spirit to teach the “Our Father” to someone who thinks it’s just another prayer.
God bless you!
Veni Sancte Spiritus!