FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
17 JUNE 2021 Thursday 11
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray:
‘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.’
“If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Mt 6: 7-15)
How shall I live this Word?
The ‘Our Father’, summa of every prayer and concrete model of prayer that Jesus Himself left us, reminds us of a ‘scientific’ truth: the mutual dependence that binds us all. No one can claim to be completely free from others, but there is truly an identity that unites us all. Same origin, same family, same respiratory system. Without choice, we breathe the same air. Just as we need bread, so we need to hold each other’s hand more or less concretely. If we want joy, we cannot take it away from those around us, but we must recognize it as a good that is inevitably to be shared. If we want to be accepted and be successful, we must accept and allow the others to achieve their happiness before me.
Today I will make a preferential choice of silent prayer, in front of the Tabernacle, where I can meet the One who knows me even before I speak.
The Voice of Fr. Andrea Gallo, Priest on the periphery
If there is one thing that I could never forgive myself, it is not to grant the right to pleasure and the right to non-suffering to everyone I meet.
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