What a wonderful grace for your apostles to have witnessed you prayed, O Lord! It must have been a great sight to behold, seeing you deep in prayer that they asked you to teach them how to pray.
How sad, though, that we have taken for granted the only prayer you have taught us to pray, the Our Father. It has become so ordinary, even mechanical for us. Sometimes, we really do not pray your prayer but merely recite it, lacking courage and vibrancy to inspire others to pray.
Give us courage, O Lord, a lot of courage to pray your prayer with more conviction by making “God’s kingdom come and His will be done” as we pray it. Give us courage to pray it not only begging for forgiveness to our sins but most of all to forgive those who have sinned against us.
Like St. Paul in the first reading, give us the courage to boldly profess to everyone, even to our peers, the truth of your gospel. Make us truthful in praying the “Our Father” so that when others see and hear us, they may ask us too to teach them to pray like the Twelve. AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022. Send e-mail to < email@example.com>.
Photo by Fr. Nick F. Lalog II, the Church of the Our Father, Holy Land Pilgrimage, 19 April 2017.