On Earth as it is in Heaven – Reflection on Matthew 6:7-15
Decades ago, when I was a young man, a Priest enlightened me by discussing “on earth as it is in heaven.” I had suggested that there was no hard line between heaven and earth, and to my surprise, he agreed. He said that the Father, through Christ, had made heaven already “partially” here but not fully revealed. I had heard that many times before, but something clicked inside me, and I understood what it meant. Once this possibility is realized it is easy to perceive a taste of heaven. As examples, we do so when we sense God’s presence, consume Christ in various ways, engage in the awe and wonder of the cosmos, immerse in deep prayer, and hear the words I love you and love back.
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Matthew 6:7-15 – Scripture*
7 “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. 14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Matthew 6 passage.
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