The Our Father
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial."
The Our Father
The prayer Jesus taught his followers begins with the word, Abba, which in the language Jesus spoke meant something like what “Dad” or “Daddy” means today. Jesus called his disciples, and us, into the intimate relationship with God which he himself experienced. But the remainder of the Our Father shows us that we, like him, best respond to that intimacy by the way we show responsibility for other beings.
For example, we keep holy the name of God when we have a care for the poor and the marginalised: the prophet Amos maintained that God’s name was profaned by those who hounded the poor and dishonoured prostitutes(see Amos 2:6-7).
Prayers for the coming of the kingdom and that God’s will be done are prayers that we may know how to see life from God’s point of view and act accordingly.
Give us this day our daily bread is a prayer for the necessities of life, not just for ourselves but for all those in need. Longing for bread is also a symbol in the Bible for the hunger for wisdom. Since earliest Christian times the petition has also been applied to a desire for the Eucharist.
The prayer for forgiveness: as we forgive those who trespass against us can be prayed today over the many troubled spots of the world where forgiveness seems impossible.Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. In times of persecution the greatest temptation for the early followers of Jesus was to reject him and the Abba he had spoken about. The evil we ask to be delivered from may be different; it includes today the threat from global warming, global hunger and pollution of scarce water reserves. In the face of such threats we “dare to say Our Father,” as the Liturgy commands us to do and so respond day by day to the challenge of Jesus.
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries