The WORD in Other Words by Fr Melchor Bernal SVD (Philippines) for Thursday 11th Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus taught his disciples the “Our Father” in response to their request to have a prayer like John the Baptists’ disciples had. This prayer firmed up their identify as belonging to Jesus. Constantly and mindfully praying the “Our Father” cements our identity, thus also our security, that nobody can take away from us.
As children of the Father, we rest our security not in our capacity for self-agency. Rather exercising our self-agency, we exercise our will to do the Father’s will. In the Father we feel secure. Jesus reminds us: “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”“If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
Praying the Our Father offers a sense of belonging and sense of security, helping us pull ourselves together, when we are torn apart by many concerns or are very anxious and helpless. The Father is our anchor. He knows what we need even before we ask him.
However, our feeling of security requires our constant focus on Him. Peter could walk on water as long as his focus was on Jesus who was also walking on water, but the moment he shifted his gaze and looked with fear at the big waves, he started sinking.
It is this focus on the Father that enables us to do his will, to let go of the past “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” To pray the Our Father constantly is to focus on the Father, our deepest source of security.
Source – Bible Diary 2020