bible blog 176

This blog follows the daily bible readings of the Catholic Church

Gospel,  Matthew 6:7-15

7 ‘In your prayers do not babble as the gentiles do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard.

8 Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 So you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be held holy,

10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

11 Give us today our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.

13 And do not put us to the test, but save us from the Evil One.

14 ‘Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours;

15 but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.

I like to remember that all the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer are to OUR FATHER, thus:

OUR FATHER-may none who name you, dishonour your character of love and justice

OUR FATHER-like all good fathers, you will not force your will on your children-hasten the day when we are all persuaded to do it.

OUR FATHER-put food on the world’s table today and we’ll share it.

OUR FATHER-may your liberation be shared by the whole family*

OUR FATHER-when we’re falling, snatch us from the jaws of hell.

(* if we do not share your liberation, we have not received it)

(It seems to me odd to argue that there is a real difference between “father” and “mother” as designations for God, and then to argue that we can simply change one for the other, without loss. If there are differences, and Jesus said “father”, maybe that difference should be respected.

I am not at all against calling God “mother” (Julian of Norwich even called Jesus “mother”). Indeed I find this usage liberating.

I am against changing texts where the original gender-specific language may be significant.)

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