Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Nov. 5, 2023

Reflection for Nov. 5, 2023

Do our deeds match our words?

One prayer we know well speaks to today's opportunities

by Sister Sally Ann Brickner

Our Sacred Scriptures for this 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time challenge us to live so that the deeds we do match the words we speak.

“Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in Heaven. Do not be called 'Master’; you have but one master, the Christ.”  Matthew 23:8

Do we honor our one Father in heaven?  Jesus taught us to pray to Our Father in words that call us to act so that God’s reign will come.

Our Father who is in heaven
         and in all of us here on earth; the hungry, the oppressed, the excluded.
         Holy is your name.
                  May Your reign come

May your reign come and your will be done;
         in our choice to struggle with the complexities of this world
         and to confront greed and the desire for power in ourselves,
         in our nation and in the global community.
                  May Your reign come

Give us this day our daily bread;
         bread that we are called to share,
          bread that you have given us abundantly
         and that we must distribute fairly, ensuring security for all.
                  May Your reign come

Forgive us our trespasses;
         times we have turned away from the struggles
         of other people and countries,
         times we have thought only of our own security.
                  May Your reign come

Lead us not into temptation;
         the temptation to close our minds, ears, and eyes
         to the unfair global systems that create
         larger and larger gaps between the rich and the poor;
         the temptation to think it is too difficult
         to bring about more just alternatives.
                  May your reign come

Deliver us from evil;
         the evil of a world where violence happens in your name,
         where wealth for a few is more important
         than economic rights for all,
         where gates and barriers between people
         are so hard to bring down.
                  May Your reign come

May your reign come, for yours is the kingdom,  the power and the glory forever and ever. AMEN!
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Do we follow Jesus Christ as our Master and Teacher? If we do so we will see “a new heaven and a new earth” unfold before our very eyes! 

“Swords will be beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4)  so that brotherhood and sisterhood may flourish throughout the world – in Yemen, Syria, Ukraine, Sudan, Israel, Gaza, and all other war-torn countries.

"Jesus, who is the Way and the Truth and the Life," (John 14:6) will be our true compass showing us that “peace is the only way to peace” (A.J. Muste).

"Jesus, who reconciles all things to Himself in heaven on earth, making peace through the blood of His cross." (Colossians 1:20); like Jesus, we make peace by sacrificing our lives for others, never counting the cost.  

May God’s reign come!


Sister Laura Zelten
11/03/2023 6:47 am

Thanks, Sally, for a very thoughtful way to pray the Our Father. Your reflection teaches us that we are all family. Follows well the Godpel from last week… let us love one another.

Irene Whatley
11/03/2023 12:01 pm

That was a great way to say the Lord’s Prayer, a meditation as you go along.

Debbie Tahany
11/03/2023 12:26 pm

Thanks Sr. Sally Ann! Appreciate the perspective expanding world view! God bless!

Paul Fischer
11/03/2023 8:40 pm

Sally...Was impressed with how you use "God's reign (kingdom) to come......Especially as we see the gap between the marginalized,

the poor, the needy and the excluded....vs. the rich, powerful and greedy.. .. very thought provoking and timely for today!

Deb Haven
11/04/2023 9:52 am

This is a tremendously meaningful addition to Our Father who is in heaven prayer. Thank You!

Patricia Budz
11/04/2023 12:45 pm

Thank you for this beautifully unique and explanatory "Our Father"!

11/06/2023 3:38 pm

Thanks for reminding us of all the ways we need to be aware of and care for all people in our world.

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