“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.
Today’s Gospel reminds me of my mother. I recall being outdoors, playing with friends, and from a distance our mother’s call: “Ya metanse, es tiempo a rezar”; “Come in, it’s time to pray.” Our smiling faces dropped as we were the only ones in the neighborhood going inside to pray the longest rosary! I prayed with no devotion and rushed through our part so that we can go outside with our friends. But our mom took her time praying. I can see her face, her eyes, listen to her every word that she prayed with great faith. At the end of the rosary, she smiled and reminded us, “a family that prays together, stays together.”
As a child, I didn’t understand what she meant, but now I see all the blessings we have received through prayer and our mother’s faith. Just like Jesus, my mother showed us how to pray. I hope to be like my mother and show my children how to take time to pray and to pray from the heart.
—Cecilia Hernandez works in the Vocations Office for the Midwest Jesuits.
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.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!