“And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
On earth as it is in heaven
Jesus gives us the Lord’s Prayer in today’s reading, a prayer often referred to as “Our Father.” Of the many things to consider in the prayer, today Bishop Barron selected the union of earth and heaven.
Jesus Himself is a union of earth and heaven, and the resurrection begins the process of fulfilling this coming together. The Risen Christ is the one who brings the justice of heaven to earth.