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June 20th - The Lord's Prayer

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordJune 20, 2024

today's readings are Sirach 48: 1-14;  Psalm 97 and Matthew 6: 7-15

Yesterday at the end of year mass for Nativity school, at the point where we recite the Lord's prayer, I mentioned to the children that Jesus taught us many, many things - about God's love for one of us, about what He does for us, about how to live well and responsibly, about caring for others, and many more things.  

But interestingly, Jesus only taught us one prayer.  The Lord's Prayer.  The prayer found in today's gospel.  

Think about that.  We know Jesus prayed, as all the gospel writers tell us.  But this is the only prayer He taught us.  

We know it well.  So well that we often don't think about what we are actually praying.

Today, say it slowly.  Savour what is said.  For this is the prayer He taught us.