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Christian Prayer

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Give us

”: The trust of children who look to their Father

for everything is beautiful. “He makes his sun rise on the evil and

on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

113

He

gives to all the living “their food in due season.”

114

Jesus teaches us

this petition, because it glorifies our Father by acknowledging

how good he is, beyond all goodness.

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“Give us” also expresses the covenant. We are his and he is

ours, for our sake. But this “us” also recognizes him as the Father

of all men and we pray to him for them all, in solidarity with their

needs and sufferings.

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Our bread

”: The Father who gives us life cannot but give

us the nourishment life requires—all appropriate goods and bless­

ings, both material and spiritual. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus

insists on the filial trust that cooperates with our Father’s provi­

dence.

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He is not inviting us to idleness,

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but wants to relieve

us from nagging worry and preoccupation. Such is the filial sur­

render of the children of God:

To those who seek the kingdom of God and his righteous­

ness, he has promised to give all else besides. Since every­

thing indeed belongs to God, he who possesses God wants

for nothing, if he himself is not found wanting before

God.

117

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But the presence of those who hunger because they lack

bread opens up another profound meaning of this petition. The

drama of hunger in the world calls Christians who pray sincerely

to exercise responsibility toward their brethren, both in their per­

sonal behavior and in their solidarity with the human family. This

petition of the Lord’s Prayer cannot be isolated from the parables

of the poor man Lazarus and of the Last Judgment.

118

113

Mt

5:45.

114

Ps

104:27.

115 Cf.

Mt

6:25-34.

116 Cf.

2 Thess

3:6-13.

117 St. Cyprian,

De Dom. orat.

21: PL 4, 534A.

118 Cf.

Lk

16:19-31;

Mt

25:31-46.

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