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On Today’s Gospel…

Posted: February 19, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Do we pray in humility, with intense and fervent application of mind, with pure love and suppliant spirit? When our prayers are ordered to the Will of God, will there be a need for an answer? Do we allow Him to speak to our hearts?

Do we truly acknowledge the Lord our God as Father of us all? Do we honour Him first in our hearts and our will, only then by our lips?

Do we truly treasure the rich and glorious Lord’s prayer with depths which speaks volumes by reciting it slowly, reflecting on every word? The first three petitions give glory and praise to God our Father, do we do so in prayer and deed?

How can the love and mercy of God free us from our sins if we have placed the shackles of unforgiveness of others around our very own necks, hands and feet and by our refusal and obstinacy of our hearts to allow Him to remove them and heal us?

Gospel – Matthew 6:7-15

7 “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day 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 evil. 14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.