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June 21, 2018

The prayer Jesus teaches, as recorded in today’s gospel, begins with faith and reverence. We call God “Our Father.” In that, we recognize both God’s divinity and his goodness. He is beautiful, merciful and kind. The first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer have to do with our relationship with God. We pray that his name (his very self/being) be hallowed, i.e. given praise and thanks and adoration because he is God and Father. Then we pray for the coming of the kingdom of God, and that his will may be done. This is the heart of holiness. We must be holy as the Father is holy. This is what makes our prayer hopeful and effective.

The last four petitions have to do with our sharing in the banquet in heaven, already anticipated by our sharing in the Eucharist, the true bread from heaven. The golden rule is recalled as we pray that we might be forgiven as we forgive others. We ask God to strengthen us in the final struggle against evil, death, and the devil.

St. Eymard was very impressed with the kingdom of God. The kingdom of the Eucharist is the sacrament of heaven. It is not just a symbol of heaven; it is already the beginning of heaven which has no end.

Who in the kingdom of God needs my forgiveness today?

Prayer

Lord, may the Eucharist accomplish in your Church the unity and peace it signifies. Amen.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Ernest Falardeau, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Ernest Falardeau has dedicated his life and ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. He served for many years as the Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and now resides at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City.