The Lord’s Prayer: A Challenging and Dangerous Prayer


Here is something to think about…

Teilhard de Chardin

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Today’s readings contain the version of the Lord’s Prayer found in the Gospel of Matthew. I learned this prayer as a child and pray it almost every day. It has become so routine that I often lose the power of the words contained in that simple prayer. Today, I would like to borrow extensively from an analysis of the “Our Father” from the Irish Jesuits:

“The prayer in this form (Luke has a shorter version) contains seven petitions. Seven is a favorite number for Matthew. In listing the genealogy of Jesus he divides it into three lists of seven (chap. 1); there were probably seven Beatitudes in the original text (chap. 5); there are seven parables of the Kingdom (chap. 13) and forgiveness is to be offered not seven times but 77 times (chap. 18); there are seven ‘Alas’ when denouncing the Pharisees (chap. 23). Finally, the gospel itself…

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2 thoughts on “The Lord’s Prayer: A Challenging and Dangerous Prayer

  1. Thank you so much for the feedback and for linking in! Marie Madeleine is a truly wonderful Ignatian woman, and the Faithful Companions of Jesus Sisters follow in her inspiration.

    It’s so important that we establish ties – online as well as offline – to build up a better world grounded in the gospel.

  2. Thank you so much for reblogging this. 95%+ of the content from that reflection on the Lord’s Prayer is from the Irish Jesuits and their wonderful resource Sacred Space (www.sacredspace.ie).

    I am blessed that you found the reflection as it led me to your wonderful site. I was not familiar with Marie Madeleine but she seems like a remarkable woman and role model. You have a wonderful community and website that is rich in resources for Ignatian prayer and spirituality. I am adding a link to your site from mine.

    Peace,
    W. Ockham

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