Thursday of 11th week, ordinary time, uneven numbered year Jeudi de la 11e semaine du temps ordinaire, année impaire

“So you should pray like this ; Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
Wednesday 4 November 2015

2 Co 11, 1-11 Ps. 110 Mt. 6, 5-15

Thursday of 11th Week ordinary time, uneven numbered year

“But you, when you pray, go t your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place, he will reward you.”

In order to enter into happiness, Jesu proposes to us a big and hard reality : to forgive offences. He gives us a measurement not easy to realise : forgiveness given to ourselves so that we can forgive other people “For if you forgive others their failings , your Heavenly father will forgive you yours, but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.” Confronted with this difficulty the disciples say to Jesus ’Teach us how to pray! ’So Jesus delivers the secret to them! : “Say Father”. He manifests to them in this way the loving relationship he has with his Father and he teaches us the mystery of filiation. Jesus receives everything from his Father, but he gives everything back to Him, in a movement of Love that is the very Person of the Holy Spirit. We, too, receive everything from God who is Love and we need to receive this Love in endless joyful happiness! God is the source of all things, but his source within us is often blocked. The work of conversion in each one of us is one of unblocking so that the source flows freely.

“So you should pray like this : Our Father in Heaven, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.”

And so we learn that everything comes from our Heavenly Father! If we were truly humble it would not be so hard, but pride makes things hard for us, for we think that every good comes from ourselves. We might se the equation in this way : the greater the pride, the greater the difficulty. Jesus indicates the golden rule of human life together :“Do what you wish others would do for you.” To pray is to recognise that our Father is the source of all things, it is to become brothers and sisters together. Through his Cross and Resurrection, Jesus made us become

reconciled with ourselves, with God and with other people. It is by baptism that we join Christ who is the bursting forth Life within us. This bursting forth is a bursting forth of Love that bursts forth from the wounded heart of Jesus, the Lamb of God who bears the sins of the world. The saving act of God is thus joined in adoration. We need to go back to the source ’Our Father, our Daddy, our Abba’

“When you pray, say : forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who are in debt to us. And do not put us to the test, but save us from the Evil One.yes, if you forgive others their failings, your Heavenly father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.”

We want God to forgive us and we want him to help us forgive other people. But forgiveness has a cost, for us it is hard to ask forgiveness and to forgive costs even more.It does cost, but, with God’s help it is possible. As well, the forgiveness God grants is total, it goes as far as to forget. We forget very quickly the favors we have received,but it is harder to forget offences, and yet we are children of this Heavenly Father. A brother cannot be an obstacle as we walk towards the Kingdom. Our spiritual combat lies elsewhere : “you struggle against heavenly powers” that oppose you to our Heavenly Father and to your brothers and sisters. ’The mystery of iniquity spreads throughout the world’ the ’false father’ does a work of division. As for us, we are the children of our Father who can become rivals in love. Heaven is within our hearts, our Father is the source of our life in the most intimate parts of our being and it is He who makes us live. May Mary the Mother of Mercy help us to understand others and forgive them generously.

We beg Jesus Christ to give us the grace to never stop coming back to the Source.