11.October18; Our Father

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Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1Gal 3:1-5; Gospel Lk 11:5-13

When we study bible in a detailed manner we come across certain uncertainty with regard to the original sayings of Jesus in the gospels because of the influence of the oral tradition. Today’s gospel presents to us the prayer that Jesus taught to his disciples. At the very outset, we can be sure that Jesus composed this prayer. It is a complete prayer because it touches all the realms of our existence. It transcends the narrow boundaries of religion, culture, caste etc. This prayer can be considered as the fullness of revelation because it addresses God as Father. No one could ever dare to address God as the father. Israelites never dared to call God as Yahweh rather they called him with reverential fears ‘Adonai.’ But Jesus taught us to address God as ‘Abba’ means Father. This prayer starts with the phrase ‘our father,’ it indicates our belonging to God and the reality that we all are children of God.  The second part of this prayer begins with the phrase ‘give us this day our daily bread.’ Again it reminds us of our togetherness in God. I think we have not given due importance for this prayer in our prayer life. This is the most powerful and icon of Christian prayer. It has the capacity to transform each one of us to the person of Christ. It challenges us to come out of one’s own narrow world and live a life of solidarity with others because we are the children of the same Father.

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