...one more, from Richard Rohr
...from his significant book, Jesus Plan for a New World
...from today's Daily Meditation (for which one can sign up for on his website):
Question of the day:
How does the Lord’s Prayer lead us into social responsibility?
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us his only taught prayer,
which we call the “Our Father” ...Matthew 6: 9 - 13
The prayer aligns all relationships truthfully and situates us correctly in a universe of meaning. The first three petitions align us vertically with the Transcendent, and the second four align us with the horizontal world of right relationships. Beginning with the first word, our, we are taught that we are social beings and that our relationship with God is not “mine” or private. It is shared, and others have the same dignity and relationship with God as we do. We either come to God together or we don’t come at all. We have allowed too many Christians to say a pious “My Father” instead of what Jesus clearly taught us, “When you pray say ‘Our Father’” (Matthew 6:9).
Adapted from Jesus’ Plan for the New World, p.164