WE DARE TO SAY…

Wednesday 8th October – Wednesday of week 27 of the year

Reflection: Luke 11: 1-4

WE DARE TO SAY…

The purpose of the recent revision of the English translation of the Order of Mass was to ensure that it has the exact meaning of the Latin version. Hence we find major differences in prayers like the Confiteor (I confess to the Almighty God…) which we say during the penitential rites at the beginning of the Mass. One of the changes I appreciate a lot in the new translation is the introduction to the Our Father when the priest says “At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say” which was translated directly from the Latin “…audemus dicere”

We would not fully grasp the weight of the statement “we dare to say…” unless we understand not everyone around us can call God “Father”. For some God is simply Creator and Master. However we have become God’s children through our baptism; hence we have Him as our Father, not just figuratively, but literarily. We share in the son ship of Christ as members of the family of God and coheirs to his kingdom.

Dear friend, Jesus teaches us how to pray, addressing God as “Father”. Every family is known by a name and each child that bears the name represents the family. Does your life portray that you belong to the family of God? Let us approach our Father with confidence each day, trusting that He cares about us and knows what is best of us. As we put our needs before Him, let us ask for the grace to grow in love of Him and to bring honour to our Family name (Christian) in all we do.

PRAYER: Thank you Father for adopting me as your child. Please increase my love and trust in you and strengthen me to be true to your name. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1265 – Baptism not only purifies us from all sins, but also makes the neophyte “a new creature”, and adopted son of God, who has become a “partaker of the divine nature”, member of Christ and co-heir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit.

HIDE A TREASURE: “If you then, who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11 RSV-CE

Readings for Today: Galatians 2: 1-2, 7-14; Psalm 117: 1-2; Luke 11: 1-4

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