Thursday, October 8, 2015

do you dare?

Today's readings: Jeremiah 8:8-9:26, Colossians 3:1-17, Psalm 78:32-55, Proverbs 24:27

In Colossians, Paul says we must forgive others because He has forgiven us.

That of course brings to mind the Lord's prayer. In the mass, before we pray the Lord's prayer, the priest says "We dare to pray..."

Now why would we say we DARE to pray this? Several reasons. One, calling God our father is pretty daring. He made the world, and is more powerful than we can imagine. Yet, we are encouraged to call Him Father.

Two, we pray for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. That means in your life and mine. And that's a daring prayer. God changes things when we ask for His will to be done, and it's not always a comfortable change (though it IS always a good one).

Third, and relating to our reading from Colossians, we DARE to pray "forgive us our sins AS we forgive those who sin against us." Some might say that the word "as" in this sentence means "in the same way..." So we're asking God to forgive us in the same way that we forgive others.

Does that help you see how important it is to forgive others?

God, please help me to dare to follow you.

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