quinta-feira, 18 de junho de 2015

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” 'Do not heap up empty phrases'--are there ever times when religious language just seems empty to you? Where do you think God is in that sort of experience? Now listen again to the familiar prayer (even if the words are slightly altered). Notice how it starts with God: with praise, with longing for the Kingdom, and with an acceptance of what God desires. Only secondly does it focus on our needs for food, for forgiveness and for protection. Luke's Gospel tells us that the Our Father is Jesus’ answer to the disciples' request: 'Lord, teach us to pray'. Perhaps you might spend a few minutes now making that same request--'teach me to pray'- and try to listen in case the Lord is inviting you to make a shift. (retirado de http://pray-as-you-go.org/home/)

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