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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 6,7-15): Jesus said to his disciples, «(…) 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’ (…)».

The "Lord’s Prayer": the prayer of the sons of God

+ Fr. Josep Mª MASSANA i Mola OFM (Barcelona, Spain)

Today, the disciples, enthralled by the person of Jesus while He was praying, ask Him how they were supposed to pray: the "Lord’s Prayer" is the answer to the request. It is a prayer concentrated in seven petitions, full of theological sense, in contrast with the pagans’ wordiness and logorrhea, when they pray.

For Jesus, to pray is to speak with the Father, through the Spirit that makes him exclaim: “Abba, Father!” the sweetest word ever said by a son. The first three petitions are centered in God and His Kingdom: His Kingdom, His Hallowed name, His Will. The other four apply to man and his needs: to give us bread, forgiveness, strength against temptation and to deliver us from Evil. We, children of the Son, also center ourselves in God by revealing our needs to Him.

—Father! How wonderful to be able to call You like that, while having one unique heart (in harmony), one unique soul (unanimous), and one unique voice (in unison) with your beloved Son, our brother Jesus!