The Lord’s Prayer
October 11, 2017
27th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: Jon 4:1-11
Gospel: Luke 11:1-4
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” And Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say this: Father, hallowed be your name, may your kingdom come, give us each day the kind of bread we need, and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive all who do us wrong, and do not bring us to the test.”
(Daily Gospel in the
In asking us to pray for our daily bread, Jesus is telling us that God would like to get involved in our day-to-day concerns. He is prodding us to ask not for our monthly or yearly supply of bread but for the daily bread so that we may exercise total dependence upon God. By praying only for the bread of the day we oblige God to attend to us on a daily basis.
People manage their affairs like there is no God taking care of humanity. Consider, for example, the issue on family size. Must families be kept lean to ensure wellbeing? In many respects, the answer is yes. Families with fewer children enjoy bigger breathing space compared to larger families. However, when we come to brass tacks we realize that it could boil down to the principle of “enjoy now and bear the consequences later”. Many couples that have reduced their number of children to one or two face the prospect of a very lonely retirement. Either their one and only son or daughter had died too early without any issue, or had claimed total independence and settled in another country.
Raising a large family is admittedly a burden today. But sacrifices bear fruits. Like farmers who sweat it out at planting time but rejoice at harvest season, parents of large families will be amply rewarded at old age. Children of large families learn to sweat it out at childhood. They too will be amply rewarded because the hard work they experience in their youth will make them stronger in facing greater challenges in life.
This is not to promote runaway family population beyond the means of parents to raise quality children. The Church is one with the Government in campaigning for responsible parenthood. They part ways only in the means of population control. If a couple can only raise two children, the Church will be the first to advice them to raise only two using the natural method of family planning. This method is cumbersome. But the sacrifice involved deepens the couples’ love for each other. This is the kind of love that brings in God’s presence. Where God is present, the daily bread will keep coming. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM.
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