READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/july.asp?version=63&startmmdd=0101July 27, 2010 (Rom 8:15-16) For you have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear: but you have received the spirit of adoption of sons, whereby we cry: Abba (Father). For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit that we are the sons of God. POPE BENEDICT XVI ANGELUS: On the Our Father
In today’s Gospel (Lk. 11, 1-13), we go back to the time Jesus taught His disciples the “Our Father.” It has been some 2,000 years since He taught us the beautiful prayer. Have we prayed it enough? Have we learned it well? There is a God. You and I are not Him. If only we learn this basic lesson in life, we will have more peace in our lives, in our homes, in our country and on this very earth. God is a Father! He is not just some impersonal, cold, detached supreme being or force of some sort. We can relate with this Father. We can call upon Him. He knows everyone and He sees everything. What a privilege to have a God who is a Father! God is our Father. He is not exclusive, and neither should we be toward each other. If God is our Father, then, we are brothers and sisters. We are family. We are not enemies. We need to remember the message of the angels on that first Christmas morning: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of goodwill!” God is a giving Father. He is a God who provides. Jesus teaches us that we can come to Him in our needs. In fact Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel that we should ask Him in prayer whatever we need! We must not hesitate nor doubt the generosity of God. “What Father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?” God is a forgiving Father. The image of a forgiving God is unique to the Christian religion. Many religions speak of an angry God, a punishing God, or a God that needs to be placated and feared. This spirit of forgiveness is, and should also be, the permeating spirit among us, his children. God is our deliverer and protector. There are so many things beyond our knowledge and control. It is very comforting to know that there is Someone who knows and is in control. Yes, there is Someone bigger than you and I. May God deliver us from all evil—wars, calamities, disabling illnesses and evil-intentioned people. May God also deliver us from selfishness, especially from selfish pre-occupations and selfish depressions. May God deliver us also from selfish politicians and government officials! Finally, may God deliver us from useless worries, useless heartaches and useless anxieties. Slow down. Next time you pray the “Our Father,” please pray it slowly and from the heart, not just from the lips. It is a beautiful prayer, and it must be prayed beautifully and meaningfully. What a treasure, this prayer taught by the Lord himself. We must treasure it, believe it and live it.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 26- "On discernment of thoughts, passions, and virtues"78. The guarding of the thoughts is one thing, and the custody of the mind is another. As far as the East is from the West, so much higher is the latter than the former; and it is more laborious.
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