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Thursday, June 19th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 6:7-15.


Thursday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

19 JUNE 2014

“This is how you are to pray”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6:7-15.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they
will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them. Your Father knows what
you need before you ask him.
This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and do not subject us to the final test,
but deliver us from the evil one.
If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

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Thursday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day

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Benedict XVI,
pope from 2005 to 2013

Apostolic Exhortation « Sacramentum caritatis »
§92 (trans. © Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

The Eucharist, link between the first and the new creation

To develop a profound eucharistic spirituality that is also capable of significantly affecting the fabric of society, the Christian people, in giving thanks to God through the Eucharist, should be conscious that they do so in the name of all creation, aspiring to the sanctification of the world and working intensely to that end… The liturgy itself teaches us this, when, during the presentation of the gifts, the priest raises to God a prayer of blessing and petition over the bread and wine, “fruit of the earth,” “fruit of the vine” and “work of human hands.” With these words, the rite not only includes in our offering to God all human efforts and activity, but also leads us to see the world as God’s creation, which brings forth everything we need for our sustenance.

The world is not something indifferent, raw material to be utilized simply as we see fit. Rather, it is part of God’s good plan, in which all of us are called to be sons and daughters in the one Son of God, Jesus Christ (cf. Eph 1:4-12). The justified concern about threats to the environment present in so many parts of the world is reinforced by Christian hope, which commits us to working responsibly for the protection of creation.
The relationship between the Eucharist and the cosmos helps us to see the unity of God’s plan and to grasp the profound relationship between creation and the “new creation” inaugurated in the resurrection of Christ, the new Adam. Even now we take part in that new creation by virtue of our Baptism (cf. Col 2:12ff.). Our Christian life, nourished by the Eucharist, gives us a glimpse of that new world – new heavens and a new earth – where the new Jerusalem comes down from heaven, from God, “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev 21:2).

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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