February 16, 2020, Matthew 6:9-15 – Post 3 – ISSL Reflection

Today let’s return to the prayer and also once again to the brief words that follow it and give it our attention.

Matthew 6:9-15 King James Version (KJV)

After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

As you take time to reflect on the prayer, notice the words that follow “Amen.”

Would call those words a footnote or maybe even a commentary on the prayer?

Does it suggest we are not to leave the prayer in the sanctuary but take it with us into our daily life?

Are we expected to not only pray about forgiveness but to actually practice forgiveness?

Take a few moments and look back over the prayer and give some reflection to other aspects of the prayer we might be called on to take with us into our daily life.

Now might you and I make this prayer a reality in our lives today?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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