Jesus teaches the Apostles to pray the Our Father. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by building the Virtue of Observance so he can build a firm habit to seek and revere the Almighty Father throughout his day and by cultivating the Virtue of Gratitude so he can be grateful to receive Divine Protection from the Sacrament of the Eucharist. 

Liturgy

27th Week in Ordinary time – Wednesday – Lk 11:1-4

Commentary

After hearing Jesus’ exuberant prayer of gratitude to God the Father (Lk 10:21-23), the disciples come to Jesus as He is in prayer, and beg Him to teach them how to pray. Luke offers a shortened version of the Our Father; The Gospel of Matthew (Mt 6:9-13) offers the version used in the Liturgy of the Church. 

Calling God, “Father”, Jesus reveals that God is to be understood and approached by men as a loving “Father”, and confirms the essential human need for paternity (the leadership of men as fathers) for protection, guidance, and most of all, love. God the Father’s name is to be held in the greatest esteem possible for a human, which is to be esteemed as, “hallowed” (recognized as holy); Jesus reinforces the paramount importance of the “Holy Name”, reaffirming The 2nd Commandment. Jesus reasserts the reality of God the Father’s Kingdom of Heaven, and that men are to pray for God’s Kingdom to be accepted by all men.  

Jesus emphasizes man’s dependence on God the Father in the daily lives of men. He teaches that men are totally dependent on God for their daily bread, including bodily nourishment, every day food, and spiritual nourishment, the supernatural bread in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The Greek word, epiousios, a word Jesus invented (not found elsewhere in ancient Greek), is commonly translated as “daily” but the Catechism suggests “super-essential” (CCC 2837) to more accurately translate Jesus’ revelation of man’s urgent need for the life-saving blessing of the Eucharist. A stunning call to perfection, Jesus reveals that God will forgive men for their trespasses in the same way that men forgive the trespasses of other men. Jesus ends with the plea to God to not allow men to fall into temptation, a veiled reference to Satan’s action in the world: Matthew’s version ends with “and deliver us from [the] evil [One].” 

Be awed by Jesus Christ

Be awed that Jesus, the Divine Priest, as He teaches men to pray the Our Father: Son of the Father, Jesus has Divine Knowledge as to how God the Father prefers to receive prayers; He embeds the mysterious word, epiousios, a prophecy of the Sacrament of the Eucharist; the perfection of Justice, Jesus reveals that men will be rewarded or punished (Vindication, a part of Justice) based on if they forgive others or not. 

Seek the Father in prayer throughout the day

Realize: Rather than God’s mysterious revelation of Himself to Moses in the Burning Bush as the “I AM” (Ex 3), the Son of God reveals that men are to approach God as the “Father.” 

Believe: Reflect upon God the Father (CCC 2779-2785).

Pray: Almighty Father, help me build the Virtue of Observance (part of Justice) so I hunger to draw close to You, I constantly give You thanks and praise, I seek to remember You and remain in Your presence, and do Your will at all times.

Gratefully receive the protection of the Eucharist

Realize: In The Our Father, Jesus confirms the unavoidable Spiritual Combat which defines life in the world, and the “necessary” and “super-essential” source of protection for men is the “bread” of the Eucharist. 

Believe: Reflect upon the beautiful passage, Give us this day our daily bread from The Our Father (CCC 2828-2837, 2861).

Pray: Jesus, Perfection of Thanksgiving, help me build the Virtue of Gratitude (a part of Justice) so I am always grateful for Your protection from the Evil One, and I am overflowing with thanksgiving when You allow me to receive Your actual Body and Blood in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.