gospel reading is short and simple. But it reminds me that the most
important lessons we learn from the scriptures are often short and simple.
Today our attention is focused on God the Father. As I reflected on
the words of this gospel I was reminded of the pictures of God that come
to us from the Old Testament. There is the just God who punishes sin
as in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. There is the merciful
God who spared Lot from that destruction. There is the loving God who
rewarded the fidelity of Abraham. There is the faithful God who was
always there for the people of Israel during the long history of the Old
Testament. In the Our Father God is just that; a father who takes care
of his children. And in saying this prayer I need to think of myself
as really and truly a child of God. My relationship to God should be
like that of a child to a loving father. As children respond with love
to their father who shows his love for them, so should I respond to God.
And I do know that God loves me. If I take a few moments to do it,
I can think of many things that God has done for me. I think of the
difficult times in my life when God has heard my prayers for help.
I think of the good times when I was so grateful to God because especially
good things happened to me. I think of the times when I prayed to God
for those close to me and how they were so appreciative of my prayers.
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