5th Thursday in Lent
May your name be hallowed.
What is this?
Answer: it is true that God’s name is holy in itself, but we ask in this prayer that it may also become holy in and among us.
But what is it to pray that his name may become holy? Is it not already holy? Answer: Yes, in its essence it is always holy, but our use of it is not holy. God’s name was given to us when we became Christians and were baptized, and so we are called children of God and have the sacrament, through which he incorporates us into himself with the result that everything that is God’s must serve for our use. Thus it is a matter of grave necessity, about which we should be most concerned that God’s name receive due honor and be kept holy and sacred as the greatest treasure and most sacred thing that we have, and that, as good children, we pray that his name, which is in any case holy in heaven, may also be holy and be kept holy on earth in our midst and in all the world.
Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
God’s name was given to us at our baptism. We should strive every day to live up to God’s holy name. Although we may not be the perfect imitation of Christ, through Christ we can honor his name in all that we do.
Heavenly Father, remind me every day, that in all that I do and all that I say, I will be a reflection of Jesus Christ for all to see. Amen.
Put a coin in your bank today for every time you spent less on something you normally buy.