June 16 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Matthew 6:7-15

A reading from the gospel according to Matthew 6:7-15:

7 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.
8 Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
10 thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread;
12 and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
13 and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’
14 “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

Reflection: Father Knows Best

In the gospel reading above, Jesus is teaching us to pray not with too many words but a few sentences can do. No need to inform God of our needs because He already knows them. In fact, He knows what truly makes us happy, healthy, and even wealthy. Moreover, He is our omniscient Father. He knows everything about us and about the universe.

Let us pray instead that His will be done because His will is always good. All the time our Father in heaven is good. His plans are good for us though at times we are not sure or even afraid of what the future might be. Therefore let us pray with full trust because He is our Father and He loves us all.

Yet, Jesus also tells us to ask anything in His name and God the Father will give us (John 14:14). At another time, He asked a blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark10:51). As if He did not know.

There is no contradiction here. God knows our needs but He wants us to be in constant contact with Him. Moreover, He wants us to depend on Him. Because He is our Father, we can ask anything from Him. However, as human beings, many times we ourselves really do not know for sure what is good for us. By verbalizing our desires, we come to some kinds of realization of what we truly need. Also by telling God what is in our minds such as our secrets, we show our intimacy with Him.

What Jesus is warning us are useless or meaningless words. That is why He gave a simple yet powerful and complete prayer, the “Our Father”. For some reasons, we do not know how to pray. The “Our Father” comes in handy. It is a beautiful prayer. Let us use it more often, digesting the meaning of every word as we utter them.

For further reflection, go here.

Gospel Reading and Reflection for June 16 2022
Gospel Reading and Reflection for June 16, 2022

One comment

  1. Thanks Roy! 💕With that tongue we can either speak life or death- blessings or curses. That’s frightening and empowering at the same time. Lord Please Help Us!!

Any comment?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.