I have spoken before about my subscription to the daily readings of the Church with the commentaries from the Navarre Bible here. Today, I received the gospel reading which is the reading from St. Luke where Jesus teaches us how to pray by reciting an abbreviated form of the Our Father. Blessed John Paul II's words of wisdom are below. My latest prayer aspiration has been "Thy Will Be Done." May we all continue to pray the Our Father with sincerity and trust in God's mercy!
"When the disciples asked the Lord Jesus, 'Teach us to pray', He replied by saying the words of the 'Our Father', thereby giving a concrete model which is also a universal model. In fact, everything that can and must be said to the Father is contained in those seven requests which we all know by heart. There is such simplicity in them that even a child can learn them, but at the same time such depth that a whole life can be spent meditating upon their meaning. Isn't that so? Does not each of those petitions deal with something essential to our life, directing it totally towards God the Father? Doesn't this prayer speak to us about 'our daily bread,' 'forgiveness of our sins, since we forgive others' and about protecting us from 'temptation' and 'delivering us from evil'?
--Blessed John Paul II, "General Audience", 14 March 1979