Luke 11:1-4 Reflection – Strength to Endure

Reflection on Luke 11:1-4 ~

I find it curious that Luke tells us that one of the disciples ask Jesus how to pray as John taught not as Jesus had just done.  Jesus’s response is a prayer that John as a Jewish man would be mostly comfortable with. For Jesus the Father is not a metaphor, but a reality. When was the last time you truly acknowledged that the Father is holy, invited the Kingdom to be present, and asked for bread that satisfies both hungers, participated in two-way forgiveness, and requested strength to endure?

The Lords Prayer James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Lords Prayer, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Luke 11  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Lord’s Prayer

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
    Give us each day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 11:1-4.