The Gospel reading on Sunday, the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, calls to us a complete trust in God the Father. In the passage Jesus offers us the Lord’s Prayer ( in a more primitive form than the liturgical version with which we are now most familiar) and encourages to consider afresh how we respond to those in need – those we love and those whose need we find inconvenient.
Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished one of his disciples said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘Say this when you pray: “Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.”’
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