Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

June 18, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of Sirach 48:1-14

Psalm 97

Matthew 6:7-15


“This is how you pray…” 

Today Jesus teaches His disciples, and us, how to pray.  He replies by teaching them the “Our Father.”  As a whole, the Jewish people were noted for their devotion to prayer.  Formal prayers were prescribed for three times a day and the rabbis had a prayer for every occasion.  But Jesu warns His disciples against “formalistic” prayer that is, making prayer something mechanical and devoid of meaning.  Our Lord teaches that in our “talk” to God there must be sincerity and full openness; to approach God in prayer confidently, simply and with upright intention; to pray with trust and faith in the living God and Father who is in heaven and that our faith should always remain strong. 

From the Lord’s Prayer we learn at least two things:

  • First, prayer is quality and not quantity. Christ teaches us how to pray and gives us the proper attitude of prayer, that is, by calling God “Abba or Father.”
  • Second, Jesus teaches us to pray in common. The Our Father is a prayer that draws all Christians together.  Saint Cyprian said, “The Our Father is public and common, and when we pray we pray not for one but for the whole people, because we the whole people are one.”

Dag Hammarskjold, U.N. Secretary General from 1953-1961 wrote in his personal journal, “Hallowed be your name, not mine; your kingdom come, not mine; your will be done, not mine.” 

Question of the Day:  How will you pray with sincerity and confidence as you ask our Father in heaven to hear your petitions for help?

Prayer:  “You have received a spirit of adoption as sons through which we cry; Abba!  Father!”  (Verse before the Gospel for June 18, 2020)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.


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