Gospel of Matthew 6: 7-15 Reflection:
The Lord's Prayer, which is the subject of today's gospel, has been the subject of many books and articles by great thinkers so I will have nothing original to say. However, on a personal level this prayer speaks to all of us and for me the hardest part is forgiving others.
The Lord's prayer would be so easy if we only had to ask for forgiveness, but when Jesus says "as we forgive those who trespass against us," he puts a very strong condition on our being forgiven; we must forgive those who have wronged us.
Taking this to a current level with the Euro crisis, I wonder what the world would be like if governments and leaders practiced a little forgiveness instead of all this stuff about war and money being given to Spain and Greece with conditions?
Why is it that when we think we are in the right we have to feel and act as superior to everyone else? Human nature is such a feeble thing!