Gift: Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live
Reading: He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. (Luke 11:2)
Observation: So, I did some research on the word, “hallowed” this morning. Besides listening to the video reflection from the USCCB website, which was very good, I also listened to an old Iron Maiden song called, “Hallowed be thy name“. Father Rick from the video reflection said that Luke’s gospel reminds us that we are simply called to keep God’s name holy, by living out the gospel in our lives. Contrast that to the British metal band, Iron Maiden, complete misinterpretation of scripture, to play on the natural angst that resides in all of us. Take this verse from the song for example: Someone calls from a cell God be with you. If there’s a God then why has he let me die? To me, it just shows that Saint Jerome was right when he said, “Ignorance of scripture, is ignorance of Christ.” The song and their misinterpretation of the words comes from the lack of proper instruction in praying. For Saint Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, in the 1st chapter, 21st verse, that for him to live is Christ and death is gain. If we are going to say the words that Jesus gave us to pray, we should make an attempt to really understand what they mean in the light of the rest of the salvation story. Don’t get me started on the “Your kingdom come” part of the prayer. (I will save that for another day!)
Personification: Gentleness I hope that I was able to display the fruit of gentleness in my leading of the communion service this morning. I did explain further that Jesus used the words; “Your kingdom come” immediately after the words that tell us that we should remember that God’s name is hallowed. I see it as a reminder that we should look forward to his kingdom coming, as much as we remember that his name has already been made holy.
Prayer: Lord, help me remember the meaning of each of these words, as I pray:
Our Father, who is in heaven. Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.