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Clear, straightforward instructions come from Jesus about the dispositions of the heart when we do good deeds, and how the heart itself is to be transformed by prayer. Jesus’ instruction about prayer is a blend of two inseparable aspects. Each person is encouraged to go alone to the inner, secret place of one’s spirit. There is an inward privacy to prayer. However, as The Lord’s Prayer reminds us, there is always a communal dimension. The prayer is “Our Father,” not “My Father.”
Lent is coming soon. What does the Lord suggest to you about growth in prayer as the dark, secret place of winter yields to the open, expansive light of the coming spring?
Ponder the parting warning of Jesus in verse 15.
Father, hallowed be Your name v. 9
Will on earth as in heaven v. 10
Give this day our daily bread. v. 11
Forgive us as we forgive. v. 12
This is the Sixth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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We read the Gospel of Matthew, except during Advent, the Infancy Narratives of Luke.
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