THE LORD’S PRAYER
(From Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM & Joseph Martos, “THE GREAT THEMES OF SCRIPTURE”)
JESUS is set free in the relationship which He has learned from the Spirit – that He is a son of a loving father. Notice that absolute God-centeredness of His prayer:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven.”
These are all said a imperatives, not request! With the authority of daughters and sons, we are saying to God, Do it!
“Give us today our daily bread.”
Give us each day the manna You gave our fathers in the desert, just enough for the day so that we will trust You tomorrow.
“Forgive us the wrong we have done as we forgive those who have wronged us.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
Why would God give us anything we ourselves were not willing to work for? We don’t want it very bad if we are not cooperating in the effort. We pray, “Do it, God!”, but also, “We will do it, too!” God creates and invites us to co-create. What trust and infinite patience!
Source: John Bookser Feister (Editor), RADICAL GRACE – DAILY MEDITATIONS BY RICHARD ROHR, 1993, page 140.
Jakarta 2 August 2012
A Christian Pilgrim