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Liturgical day: Tuesday 1st of Lent

Gospel text (Mt 6,7-15): «This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, holy be your name, your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts just as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us. Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from the evil one’». Jesus said to his disciples, «When you pray, do not use a lot of words, as the pagans do, for they hold that the more they say, the more chance they have of being heard. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need, even before you ask him.

»This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, holy be your name, your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts just as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us. Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from the evil one’. If you forgive others their wrongs, your Father in heaven will also forgive yours. If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive you either».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today Jesus teaches us to pray as He prays: lifting our hearts to our God and Father. How good Jesus is! with the “Our father” he introduces us into His own prayer. We Christians know that we are children of God and as a consequence we address our petitions to the Father in full confidence.

-«Our Father»: He is the Father of Jesus, also your Father and Father of us all.