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June 17, 2021

Mt 6: 7-15

“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Communicating with God

In today’s Gospel, as Jesus introduces the Our Father to his disciples, he prefaces it by explaining how they shouldn’t pray, in the translation we hear at Mass citing the pagans who “babble” and use “many words.” Our prayers’ meaning is based on its sincerity, not its length and extensive vocabulary. Sometimes I worry about whether I’m praying the “right way,” as silly as that might sound. Hearing the profound words of others, I fall into the comparison game, and I fear that my words are overly simplistic, not doing justice to God’s greatness. 

I felt inspired recently by Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s book Learning to Pray: A Guide For Everyone. Father Martin places an emphasis on making prayer accessible and notes that no one is an expert, as prayer can’t be “mastered.” He says that prayer is to be faced each time with “openness, wonder, and awe.” 

Can we find time today to reflect on the way we communicate with God? 

—Grace Rice is the Assistant Director of Communications for the Midwest Jesuits.

 

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, give me the Spirit.

—St. Peter Faber, SJ


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June 17, 2021

Mt 6: 7-15

“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Communicating with God

In today’s Gospel, as Jesus introduces the Our Father to his disciples, he prefaces it by explaining how they shouldn’t pray, in the translation we hear at Mass citing the pagans who “babble” and use “many words.” Our prayers’ meaning is based on its sincerity, not its length and extensive vocabulary. Sometimes I worry about whether I’m praying the “right way,” as silly as that might sound. Hearing the profound words of others, I fall into the comparison game, and I fear that my words are overly simplistic, not doing justice to God’s greatness. 

I felt inspired recently by Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s book Learning to Pray: A Guide For Everyone. Father Martin places an emphasis on making prayer accessible and notes that no one is an expert, as prayer can’t be “mastered.” He says that prayer is to be faced each time with “openness, wonder, and awe.” 

Can we find time today to reflect on the way we communicate with God? 

—Grace Rice is the Assistant Director of Communications for the Midwest Jesuits.

 

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, give me the Spirit.

—St. Peter Faber, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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