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486 • Part IV. Prayer: The Faith Prayed

But we give witness to his holiness by doing his will, being people of

prayer, and establishing the earthly conditions by which his holiness is


God gradually revealed his name. First of all he revealed it to Moses,

through whom he tells us that he is “I Am,” a person who chooses to be

close to us yet remains mysterious. As salvation history unfolded, the

people of Israel developed other names they used to refer to God, such

as Lord, Shepherd of Israel, and King.

But God’s definitive revelation of who he is was through Jesus Christ,

who taught us that God is his Father and he is the Son. Through Christ’s

salvation and the Sacrament of Baptism, we become adopted children of

God by grace. Hence we can legitimately call God “Father.”

Thy Kingdom Come

In this petition, we pray that the Kingdom promised us by God will

come—the Kingdom already present in Christ’s Passion, death, and

Resurrection. In Matthew’s Gospel, there is an extensive revelation of

the many aspects of what Christ’s Kingdom means in moral and spiritual

terms as well as its relationship to the Church. It is a Kingdom of love,

justice, and mercy, where sins are forgiven, the sick are made whole,

enemies are reconciled, captives are freed, and the needs of the poor

are met.

It is all these things and more, for ultimately the Kingdom is Jesus

Christ and all he means for us. The Kingdom is already here because of

the redemption of Jesus Christ. But in another sense, it is “not yet” here,

since Christ’s final transformation of individuals, society, and culture has

yet to happen in its fullness. This is why we need to pray this petition

every day and work for its coming.

Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven

In the third petition, we ask our Father to unite our will to that of Jesus

so as to fulfill the plan of salvation in the world. We need God’s help and

protection to make this possible (cf. CCC, no. 2860).