Gospel Reflection Thursday (16 June) – 11th week Ordinary Time – Our Father
Tony Worner, Leader of Formation for St Agnes Catholic Parish, reads from Matthew’s Gospel (6: 7-15) in which Jesus says to his disciples ‘when you pray do not babble as the pagans for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them’.
As we know, Tony says, Prayer can take many forms, but at its heart is a chat, a conversation, a mutual trusting, a comfortable relationship.
This text is probably one of the best-known passages of the Bible – the Our Father; the prayer that Jesus himself taught us. However, Tony notes, sometimes it becomes so familiar that the words may lose their meaning for us.
As part of our reflection today, Tony invite us to pray the Our Father … slowly … taking time to say the words with confidence and meaning …
Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name … thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven… Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.