In today’s Gospel we hear our Lord give us the “Our Father”, the way our Father wants us to pray to him. He does not want us to babble on like the pagans, he wants us to have a relationship with him and go to him in our times of need.
The informality of “Abba” or “Father” would have been against the traditional way to pray for the Jewish people for they kept the name of God out of their mouths for it was too sacred to even write. Jesus by using these words shows the importance of a true relationship with God.
Lent is a time not only to repent for our own transgressions against God and his law but also to forgive those who have sinned against us. Has someone lied to you? Exposed you? Hurt you? Because of this have you distanced yourself from them?
Take today to reach out to someone in your life who has hardened your heart. We cannot be a united people under God if we won’t forgive. Remember that no matter what the circumstances are, what they have done, God has an abundance of mercy to all.
So next time you pray the Our Father, really think about and mean the words you are praying.