Commentary on the Gospel of

Fr. Roland Onuekwusi Chidiebere, CMF

Our Father   
The amazing embrace of this ‘pattern of all prayers’ remains inexhaustibly our guide in adoration, thanksgiving, contrition and supplication. In acknowledgement of the common Fatherhood of our God, we worship Him from the deepest of our being. We humbly recognize His throne in heaven, His holiness, kingship and sovereignty. His reign in us means the enthronement of His values in our lives:

*He is generous, let us copy from Him by being charitable;
*He is merciful, let us learn from Him, forgiving others;
*He is compassionate, let us bring Him to others through our kindness;

He is unconditionally loving: created in His image, let us reflect Him by accepting others as they are. In appreciation of His love for us, we submit to doing His will. We build up the patience that enables us to discern and comply with what God would want to see us do in the given situation. Even, when it deeply challenges our interest and desire, like Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, we re-echo ‘your will be done, Father.’

And being our providential Father, we are neither scared of Him for He is loving, nor ashamed of ourselves before Him, for He is ever merciful and forgives us. We really trust in Him. And so, we ‘carry ourselves’ to Him as we are, in our humble state for His replenishment. Let us embrace the sacrament of reconciliation without fear of rejection or shame. He understands and promptly heals us.

He strengthens us each day, fortifies us, refocuses us on our true source of energy – in our surge unto union with Him who lives and reigns for ever and ever, amen. 


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