Reflection on Matthew 6:7-15 ~
Years ago, Fr. Joe enlightened me with a discussion of “on earth as it is in heaven.” I suggested that there was not a hard line between heaven and earth and to my surprise he agreed. He said that the Father through Christ has made Heaven already “partially” here, but not fully revealed. For a few examples: we can perceive a taste of heaven when we sense God’s presence, consume Christ in Eucharist or Word, engage the wonder of the cosmos, and hear the words I love you and then love back.
Matthew 6 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
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.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 6:7-15.