Reflections of God's Goodness
Children of God
We are all children of God! Yes, we all belong to His family, with and in Jesus, because of the boundless love of God.
God is so close and yet so often, people say, “I don’t know how to pray.” The followers of Jesus said the same thing to Him when they said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus began, “Our Father, who art in heaven . . .”
We all know this prayer! We can zip right through it because we learned it as children and we say it at every Mass we attend. I am amazed sometimes at Mass, how fast it can be prayed! We are all on ‘speed prayer’ and most likely miss the meaning. “It had always left me with the feeling that my mind had not completely grasped what my mouth was saying,” John Shea says in To Dare the Our Father.
Over the next two months, I invite you to reflect with me on this most important prayer. Beginning with the words “Our Father,” think about what it means that it does not say ‘My’ Father but ‘Our’ Father. That makes us brothers and sisters to every other person God created – like it or not! What are the implications that we all share one Father?
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
Think about the Father God as Jesus knew Him. Just a few words might help us understand this relationship a little better. The Father was always available to Jesus and Jesus sought Him out often. Jesus knew the Father as an all-powerful provider and protector. Don’t be afraid to ask God to deepen your understanding of who He is.
I think Jesus meant this prayer to help us personally relate to our Father in heaven. This month, consider saying the Our Father every night, before you go to bed. Pray it very slowly. Let meaning spring from the words. Talk to God about what they mean. Keep a notebook next to your bed to jot down the insights, questions or thoughts that come.
May God continue to bless your efforts to draw close to Him.
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN