In today’s Gospel reading for Mass we find two beautiful gifts by Christ to His people. First, we have the gift of the Lord’s Prayer. In the prayer we find the basics of our faith and calling wrapped up concisely in a few powerful words. We have praise (Father, hallowed be your name), petition (Give us each day our daily bread), repentance and reconciliation with God and each other (and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us).
In the second half of the reading we have the gift of Christ’s calling us to heed the good news and live our lives in accordance with God’s plan reaching outside of ourselves to be the hands and feet of Christ by helping those in need. This is a message that should be very familiar to anyone who has been listening to the message of Pope Francis at World Youth Day and in other venues.
As we go to Mass it is always good to prepare for the readings by reading them ahead and reflecting on them, and/or, later calling to mind the readings and reflecting on them and how they speak to us in our own lives. The following are some resources to help you with this Sundays readings.
God Bless – Peace
- Today’s Gospel reading. Luke 11:1-13
- Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer – A Homily on the Gospel of the 17th Sunday of the Year
- Sermon 655 : Kingdom Prayer : 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (audio podcast)
- Beyond Words: 07/28/2013 (video)
- Asked and Answered: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (audio podcast and text)
- Bargaining With God: The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Also, be sure to take a look at the messages Pope Francis has been delivering at this years World Youth Day in Rio as they are right in line with today’s Gospel. See Messages From Pope Francis In Brazil For World Youth Day