Commentary on the Gospel of
One of the dangers we may encounter in living our faith is that of conceiving of prayer in a magical and egoistic sense. We multiply prayers and hours of prayers but without creating a relationship with God. It may serve as an escape route for evading an encounter with God and with ourselves.
Jesus not only discourages many words but provides a model which brings together, relationship with God and relationship among us. To consider God as “Our Father” is to be aware that the other person is my brother/ sister and together we are children of a common Father.
An important ingredient in this new family is forgiveness, letting go. We pray for the grace to be imitators of Christ who has taught us what it means be children of God and shown us the cost and gain of forgiveness.