Have you ever considered the words of Our Father?

Our Father: Have you ever wondered what the words from "Our Father" might mean? Do you want to know?

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Our Father: Have you ever wondered what the words from "Our Father" might mean? In case you want to know, all you have to do is read the following list. It includes all the words and all the details. In more detail:

Our father

The first word, how sweet it is! Until now we did not dare to look at the sky. We lowered our eyes to the earth and, suddenly, we accepted the grace of Christ and all our sins were forgiven. From wicked slaves, that we were, we became good "sons". But we are not proud of our own effort, but of the grace of Christ. "By grace you are saved," says the Apostle Paul (Ephesians 5: XNUMX). To confess grace is not oisi, it is not arrogance, but faith. To proclaim what we have received is not pride, but devotion; let us raise our eyes to the Father, who regenerated us with the bath of Baptism, to the Father, who "redeemed" us with His Son, and let us say: "Our Father ». This is a good, humble boast. As a child, we call him father. But, do not claim any privilege. In a special and absolute way he is not the Father but of Christ alone; for us he is the common Father. Because only He gave birth to Him, while He created us. Let us, therefore, say, by grace, "Our Father", that we may be worthy to be His children. Let us make our own the favor and honor he bestowed on the Church.

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The one in the heavens

What does "in heaven" mean? let us listen to the Bible, which says: "Exalted are all the nations (higher than all nations), the Lord is the glory of the heavens" (Psalm 4: 2). Everywhere we will see it said that the Lord is in the heavens, of whom the psalmist says: "The heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm XNUMX: XNUMX). Heaven is where sins have stopped. Heaven is where transgressions are punished. Heaven is where there is no wound of death.

Our Father: Sanctify your name

What does "sanctify" mean? As if we wished to be sanctified He who said: "You are holy, for I am the Lord your God" (Leviticus 2: XNUMX). As if our word had the power to increase His own holiness… No, it is not that. We ask for God to be sanctified "in me", within us. May his sanctifying work reach us.

Thy kingdom come

Is not the kingdom of God eternal? Jesus says, "In this I am born, and in this I am born into the world" (I was born for this and that is why I came into the world, John 37:21), and we say, "Your kingdom is coming." as if I had not come; but this request has a different meaning. God comes when we receive His grace. He himself affirms it: "The kingdom of God is within you" (Luke XNUMX:XNUMX).

Our Father: Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth

With the Blood of Christ all things were made at peace in heaven and on earth. Heaven was sanctified, the devil was cast out. He is now where the man he deceived is. "Let your will be done" means that peace came to earth, as it exists in heaven.

Give us our bread today

Before the priest utters, during the Eucharist, the words of Christ: "Receive, eat, and drink, all of you αυτό", what we offer is called bread. After the utterance we no longer call it bread, but Body. But why in the Sunday prayer, which we recite after the consecration, do we say "our bread"? … But, we add "the epiousion", that is, the necessary for the preservation of the substance; the subsistence of our soul is not strengthened by the material bread that enters our body, but by the heavenly bread; however, we also call it "Epiusio", which also means "everyday", because the ancients called it "tomorrow": "they survived day". So we express two meanings in one word. But if this bread is both daily and necessary for the preservation of the substance, why do we wait a whole year for us to receive it? let's get what we need every day.

Our Father: The Continuation of the Explanation for "Our Bread, Our Present, Today"

Let us live in such a way that we are worthy to receive every day. Because, he who is not worthy to receive it every day, will not be worthy to receive it even once a year. Job offered sacrifices for his sons every day, for fear that they might commit any sin with their words or with the remembrance of their hearts (Job 5: 7). And do we hear that, every time the bloodless sacrifice is offered, death and the Resurrection and the Ascension of the Lord are represented, and the forgiveness of sins is given again, and we do not accept the bread of life? Whoever has a wound asks for a cure. Being subject to sin is a wound. The heavenly medicine is the colorless Mysteries. If we take every day, then every day is for us a "today". If Christ is in us today, He regenerates and resurrects us today. In what way; The Father in heaven says to Jesus: "My Son is with you, today I am born to you" (Psalm 12: XNUMX). "Today" is the day on which Christ is resurrected. There is yesterday and today; however, the Apostle says: "The night prevailed, and the day came" (Rom. XNUMX:XNUMX). The night of "yesterday" is over. Today has arrived.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors

What is the "debt", the debt, besides sin? if we did not accept money from a foreign lender, we would not be in debt. Precisely for this reason we are blamed for sin. We had "money" at our disposal and we had to be born rich with it. We were rich, created "in the image and likeness of God" (Gen. 26: 27-14). We lost what we possessed, that is, the humiliation, when we proudly made claims. We lost our money. We were naked like Adam. We took a loan from the devil, which we did not need. And so we, who were free "in Christ", became captives of the devil. The enemy was holding the bill. But the Lord nailed it to the Cross and extinguished it with His Blood (Col. 15: XNUMX-XNUMX). Eliminate debt and set us free. Therefore, what we say is of particular importance: "Let us owe our debts, as we leave our debtors." . If we forgive, then we are doing something that is a necessary condition for being forgiven. If we do not forgive, how do we ask, how do we ask God to forgive us?

Our Father: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Let us note this: "Do not force", do not let us fall into temptation, which we can not resist. He does not say, "Do not tempt us." But as athletes, who want to compete, we ask to have the strength to resist the enemy, that is, sin. The Lord, who carried our sins on His shoulders and forgave our mistakes, is able to protect and guard us. from the tricks of the devil, who fights us, so that the enemy, who constantly gives birth to evil, does not conquer us; whoever trusts in God, is not afraid of the devil. Why "is God for us, the people?" (Rom. Η´, 31). To Him, therefore, belongs the honor and the glory, now and forever. Amen.