Sep 14, 2013

The Summary of the Gospel

Pillar Focus The Lord's Prayer - Introduction
In response to his disciples' request "Lord, teach us to pray" (Lk 11:1), Jesus entrusts them with the fundamental Christian prayer, the Our Father (CCC 2773)
"The Lord's Prayer is truly the summary of the whole gospel," The "most perfect of prayers." It is at the center of the Scriptures (CCC 2774)
It is called "the Lord's Prayer" because it comes to us from the Lord Jesus, the master and model of our prayer (2775).
All the Scriptures - the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms - are fulfilled in Christ. The Gospel is this "Good News." Its first proclamation is summarized by St. Matthew in the Sermon on the Mount; The prayer to our Father is at the center of this proclamation. It is in this context that each petition bequeathed to us by the Lord is illuminated:
The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect of prayers.... In it we ask, not only for all the things we can rightly desire, but also in the sequence that they should be desired. This prayer not only teaches us to ask for things, but also in what order we should desire them (CCC 2763)
The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer of the Church par excellence... (Compendium #581)
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