A reflection on the Our Father


As Pope Francis called all Christians to pray the Lord's prayer today here is a reflection on the prayer Jesus taught us written by Raymond Friel




Our Father


Our Father

Not a frightening God

But the loving father of all humanity


Who art in heaven

Not far away but very close

Heaven is where we find the presence of God


Hallowed be thy name

We place your name above all other names

We praise you, we honour you, we thank you


Thy kingdom come

May the world look like the kind of place

God wants it to be, just and compassionate


Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

We all want different things

But it’s what you want for us and the whole world that matters



Give us this day our daily bread

Give everybody what they need to live, physically and spiritually,

Give us the grace to help them


And forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

If we don’t forgive other people

We won’t be able to feel forgiven


And lead us not into temptation

Protect us from the glamorous path

The world sets before us


But deliver us from evil

Spare us from the terrible things human beings are capable of and help us to stand against evil in our world when we can


Amen.

Let all this be so.