5th Friday in Lent
May your name be hallowed.
How does this come about?
Whenever the Word of God is taught clearly and purely and we, as God’s children, also live holy lives according to it.
So you see that in this petition we pray for exactly the same thing that God demands in the Second Commandment: that his name should not be taken in vain by swearing, cursing, deceiving, etc., but used rightly to the praise and glory of God. Whoever uses God’s name for any sort of wrong profanes and desecrates this holy name . . . thus rendering unholy by misuse that which is holy in and of itself. This petition, then, is simple and clear if we only understand the language, namely, that to “hallow” means the same as in our idiom “to praise, extol, and honor” both in word and in deed.
When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:7-8.
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
Recently, in addition to contending with illness, I lost my job. I fought hard to prevent this inevitable reality, but I refused to find acceptance. In my life, I have learned to continuously struggle, and for me, this was one more obstacle to overcome.
When the day finally came and I was terminated, yes, I felt hurt. But I also, surprisingly, felt relief. My life had new possibilities and a new course. My energy could be better utilized to serve others in a new, and healthier, way.
I used up many empty phrases trying to force my life in a direction for which it was not meant. While I literally did not curse God, I did not praise, extol or honor God by accepting God’s direction. I have a new appreciation for surrender and acceptance of holy guidance.
Thank you, God, for helping me to see in my life not failure but new possibilities that you have provided. Guide me in praising, extolling, and honoring your will by praying myself into a new direction. Through your spirit, I pray. Amen.
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