Ps 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10
Lord, you are merciful and gracious.
27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 3 / (White)
Our Lady of the Rosary
1st Reading: Jon 4:1-11
But Jonah was greatly displeased at this, and he was indignant. He prayed to Yahweh and said, “O Yahweh, is this not what I said when I was yet in my own country? This is why I fled to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and full of love, and you relent from imposing terrible punishment. I beseech you now, Yahweh, to take my life, for now it is better for me to die than to live.” But Yahweh replied, “What right have you to be angry?”
Jonah then left the city. He went to a place east of it, built himself a shelter and sat under its shade to wait and see what would happen to Nineveh. Then Yahweh God provided a castor-oil plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade over his head and to ease his discomfort. Jonah was very happy about the plant.
But the next day, at dawn, God sent a worm which attacked the plant and made it wither. When the sun rose, God sent a scorching east wind; the sun blazed down upon Jonah’s head, and he grew faint. His death wish returned and he said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
Then God asked Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the castor-oil plant?” Jonah answered, “I am right to be angry enough to wish to die.”
Yahweh said, “You are concerned about a plant which cost you no labor to make it grow. Overnight it sprang up, and overnight it perished. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot distinguish right from left and they have many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned for such a great city?
Gospel: Lk 11:1-4
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” And Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say this:
Father, may your name be held holy, may your kingdom come; give us each day the kind of bread we need, and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive all who do us wrong; and do not bring us to the test.”
In the gospels we get some hints about the time and the place of when the Lord prayed: night, mountain, loneliness…We don’t know the prayer of John the Baptist, but are grateful to the suggestion of this disciple of Jesus.
We hear today the short tradition about the prayer of the Lord. Let us underline the keywords:
“Father.“ Jesus shares with us his personal experience of God as Father.
“May your name be held holy.” The name of God is his real being, and we asked for his acknowledgment in our minds and deeds.
“May your kingdom come”: we ask for the fullness of the grace of God among us in glory.
“Give us each day the kind of bread we need”: this is a nuanced expression for our sustenance, invoking the Providence.
“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive all who do us wrong”: this is a constant teaching of Jesus in words and parables: to get God’s pardon we have always to forgive.
“And do not bring us to the test”: may the Lord protect us from all kinds of spiritual danger .
This prayer will shape the heart of Christians into Jesus’ heart.
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