Updated: Jun 19
Thursday, Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
18 June 2020 / Ave Maria Parish
Romanus Cessario, O.P.
The Our Father ranks as the premier prayer of all Christians. From the moment that Christ addresses God as Father, the mystery of the Holy Trinity unfolds. The Anonymous God takes on a recognizable face. Indeed a human face. The face of a Father.
The prayer also establishes the parameters for Christian living. Christians bless or hallow God because he is all good and deserving of all our love. We want God’s goodness to extend everywhere, that is, on earth and in heaven. When bad things happen to us, Christians do not blame God. Instead they pray that his goodness will overcome evil and flourish intensely. Christians also beg God for the good things they need to sustain a godly life: nourishment, which may suggest the Blessed Eucharist, and the willingness to forgive others. Forgiveness figures indispensably in Christian life. Why? The answer is simple: sin still holds a pull on all of us.
Tomorrow the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This mystery of Christ’s love goes hand in hand with the Our Father. The Blood and Water that flow from the Pierced Side of Christ give birth to the Sacraments of the Church. These Sacraments both feed and forgive us. In other words, every time we say the “Our Father,” we should unite ourselves with the Heart of Christ. There we discover that everything we pray for already finds its fulfillment.