Jesus taught us to pray - Our Father in heaven, may we get your name right, honouring your reputation. Your culture come. Your loving desire be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the bread we need today (not hoarding tomorrow’s bread, too). Forgive us our sins so that we might give up our desires for vengeance and live in the light of forgiveness with others. Save us from the trials of being made the victim, and deliver us from such evils when they come upon us. Amen
We imitate Christ in praying this prayer as the model prayer. But what I want to ask is: is prayer itself the central means by which we listen to God’s desire and learn to model God? Was this the crux of Jesus’ prayer life? And now we, his disciples, model his prayer life as the means by which we, too, can become obedient to God’s desire?
We also see the element of justice on trial through the petition “Save us from the time of trial.”
Give us today our daily bread. In our consumerist society we are more like the rich fool in next week’s gospel who stores up his yearly bread.
I’m not sure I know how to give good gifts to my children in this consumerist society. It’s a challenging task. Our children are so constantly bombarded with media images of what they should desire that they are thoroughly confused about what constitutes good gifts.