One of the most familiar passages of Scripture in all of Scripture is the Lord’s Prayer. About the only passage I can think of which might be better known is Psalm 23. I have a recollection of when I was growing up we recited the Lord’s Prayer in school, I am disinclined to weigh in on the value or lack of same for that practice. Many recovery groups use the Lord’s Prayer as part of their meetings. What we sometimes forget is that it is in the New Testament twice but not the identical prayer.
In the Gospel according to St. Luke, there is a shorter version of the Lord’s Prayer. It comes from the same source, namely Jesus, and for the same reason, Jesus’ response to his followers request that he teach them to pray. It is shorter but it still has the marvelous ability to re-orient us to what really matters . . . if we pray it and pay attention while we pray.
As you may recall from last week, I asked if anyone would like to have my sermon/homily/meditation from my father-in-law’s funeral posted. There was at least one formal request I do and no one say “absolutely not!” So it went up last week. Thank you to all of you for your kind words and kinder thoughts and prayers.