Tuesday 20 February 2018

First Reading; Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm Response: Ps 34:4-7,16-19
Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy 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;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

“If you forgive men their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

Shalom semuanya,
Didalam Injil hari ini, Yesus mengajarkan kita berdoa Doa Bapa Kami. Doa Kami adalah doa komunitas. Jesus told us to pray to our Father instead of to my Father or to the Father. We’re all in this together. Our Father is Jesus’s Father. Even when pray it by ourselves, we are not alone. Jesus is our prayer partner.

At the end of this Gospel reading, Jesus offers us the key that unlocks the power of our Father’s love. It’s no accident that He gives additional instruction for only one part of the prayer: “If you forgive the faults of others, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours.” Unforgiveness closes our hearts to love. When the door is shut, we’re not open to receive love, not even our perfect Father’s love.

The more willing we are to love others — including those who are most difficult to love — the more we open ourselves to the love of our Father. And the more we open ourselves to our Father’s love, the more love we have to share with others (source: https://gnm.org).

Marilah kita berdoa “Doa Bapa Kami” pelan-pelan penuh penghayatan.

Song: Our Father by Cliff Richard


God loves us,

Suhardi, Haryati and Samuel

sel dewasa dan sel remaja St Dominic of Holy Rosary, Sydney, Australia