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The Lord’s Prayer

We are not self-sufficient beings

10/10/2019
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At the general audience of March 27, 2019, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the prayer of Jesus. He said that in the second part of the prayer of “Our Father”, with the invocation "Give us our daily bread", we present our needs to God .

Jesus’ prayer  - the Pope continued - begins with a compelling request, which quite resembles a beggar’s plea: “Give us our daily bread!”. This prayer comes from an evident fact that we often forget, which is to say that we are not self-sufficient beings, and that we need to nourish ourselves every day.

Jesus does not ask for refined invocations, but since He took upon Himself  our human nature, with his concrete and daily problems, He teaches us to ask the Father to satisfy our primary needs, to ask Him for our daily bread. And He teaches us to do so united with many men and women for whom this prayer is a plea — often stifled within — which accompanies the anxiety of each day. How many mothers and how many fathers, even today, go to sleep with the torment of not having enough bread for their own children tomorrow!. 

Then Pope Bergoglio invited the faithful to imagine this prayer recited not in the security of a comfortable apartment, but in the precariousness of a room in which one adapts, where life’s necessities are lacking

The prayer of our Father is part of reality. In the invocation "give us our daily bread " we should always remember hungry children in the world, warring nations, we should pray for them, beg for their needs,  and support those in the misery

In the Gospel passage of the multiplication of the loaves (Jn 6: 1-14) - the Pope then explained - the generosity of the young man who shared his five loaves and two fish is highlighted. This young man understood the lesson of the “Our Father”, food is not private property, but Providence to be shared with the grace of God.

The true miracle performed by Jesus that day is not so much the multiplication, but the sharing: give what you have. It is to meet the poor and the needy.

Jesus does not ask for refined invocations, but rather, the whole of human existence, with its most concrete and mundane problems, can become prayer. In the Gospels we find a multitude of mendicants who plead for liberation and salvation. Those who ask for bread, those for healing; some for purification, others sight; or that a dear one may live again.... Jesus never moves indifferently past these requests and this suffering.

The Gospels shows us that for many people the encounter with Jesus is realized by beginning with a request, a need, to which Jesus always responds. Jesus never moves indifferently past these requests and this suffering.- Pope Francis assured - (general audience March 27, 2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE-Z47lhTcc

We are creatures of God, born of His love. Our existence is strongly desired by Him and all His attentions to our needs are a stronger outpouring of this Love. God's greatest desire is that His Love be realized here and now on earth, in the midst of His children. We should only recognize that we are children of God and that we will return to Him.

The sweetest memory, which I am most immensely pleased with, is when the creature remembers my Love in Creation – in a special way, that of man. Our Love poured Its own self out more than a mother when she gives birth to her dear child…So, the whole Creation is nothing other than a display of Our loving Will toward the creature; and in Its loving display, It keeps repeating: “Fiat, Fiat”. Each act, word, thought, done in Our Divine Will, form the nourishment of the soul. Nourishment preserves life, it makes it grow, and maintains for it the necessary strength to be able to form sufficient nourishments so as not to remain on an empty stomach… How beautiful it is to see the creature who, with the continuation of her acts in Our Fiat, prepares for herself divine nourishments, and feeds herself with the foods of her Celestial Fatherland.” (Vol. XXIX - June 8,  1931)

Fiat!

Riccardina
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