The Lord's Prayer

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By: Carolyn Huntzinger

   In the gospel of Luke 11:1-4, we glimpse at the Lord’s prayer. This prayer is one so full of richness and worthy of study. “Give us each day our daily bread” in Matthew’s gospel has an interesting cross-reference to the following passage: Proverbs 30:8-9 “provide me only with the food I need; Lest, being full, I deny you, saying, “Who is the LORD?” Or, being in want, I steal, and profane the name of my God.”

 

   So, this part of the Lord’s prayer is far from simply saying I should eat bread every day. If that’s what we take away from it, I think we’re missing the boat. Of course, we can pray that God give us grace to attend mass daily and receive his heavenly bread of life which brings us grace, but a new light comes when reading Proverbs. Beyond receiving my need where things are all about me, Lord, let me not take you for granted or forget that you are my provider. Keep gratitude for your provision always in my heart, and never let my want of earthly attachments (which I often mistakenly think I need) entice me to sin.