How many times does a person pray the “Our Father” in a day, or in a lifetime? Often, really. But how often does a person really think about the words of the prayer? There is so much richness in such a simple prayer. First, there is the acknowledgement that the prayer is one of community. It is the “Our” Father, not the “My” Father. It reminds us that in all prayer there should be an element of praise and thanksgiving. There is the dependence upon God for everything. There is the need to forgive. There is the need we all have to be forgiven by God, and the connection between the two.
This prayer is a model for all prayer. The basic outline of this prayer reminds us what it takes to pray. The simplicity of the prayer invites us to reflection. We are invited by God to contemplate the meaning of such a simple yet powerful prayer. Most of all, this prayer brings us into the loving relationship with the Father. While a short homily cannot exhaust the richness of this prayer, it does call us to think about our relationship with God and the loving embrace to which we are all called.