Wednesday, June 21, 2017

“Our Father’s Limitless Love” by Beth DeCristofaro

(Jesus said) Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  "This is how you are to pray.  Matthew 6:8B-9


'Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.'
"If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions."

Please give us our bread of life each day, bread for body and soul.  Forgive us.  And we will try our best to forgive each other and ourselves.  Deliver us!  May we not mislead others into sin or denigrate someone into anguish.  Jesus’ words are such richness and hope, the basic building blocks of a truly human life.  Jesus invites us to be part of his Divine Father’s life by showing us to grow our lives upon the mercy of the Divine.

Richard Rohr says “I think grace, arising from God's limitless love, is the central theme of the entire Bible. It is the divine Unmerited Generosity that is everywhere available, totally given, usually undetected as such, and often even undesired. … Grace cannot be understood by any ledger of merits and demerits. It cannot be held to patterns of buying, losing, earning, achieving, or manipulating, which is where, unfortunately, most of us live our lives. Grace is, quite literally, "for the taking." It is God eternally giving away God--for nothing--except the giving itself. I believe grace is the life energy that makes flowers bloom, animals lovingly raise their young, babies smile, and the planets remain in their orbits--for no good reason whatsoever--except love alone.”[i] 

“Thy Kingdom Come They will be done” and let it begin with me.  How might I be open to God’s grace allowing me to balance one more tiny brick of thy Kingdom here on earth today?  And be aware of the touch of God’s limitless love on me?

[i] Adapted from Richard Rohr, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality (Franciscan Media: 2007), 155-156

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