The Bishop of Argentina considered this issue and invited people to pray to our Father to accompany Pope Francis on his penitential pilgrimage to Canada.
Monsignor Ojea . Sunday’s message
Monsignor Oscar Vicente Ojea, Bishop of San Isidro and President of the Argentine Episcopal Conference (CEA), highlighted the wonderful way in which Jesus prayed, recalling that “the apostles spoke to the Father in prayer several times. In this Sunday’s Gospel, they ask: How do you pray?”
“Teach us to pray, teach us to pray”, they asked him, and he explained: “The Lord teaches them to our Father; our Father is a model of faithful, humble and steadfast prayer”.
“Prayer is to be trusted as it is addressed to the Father. This is followed by how Saint Paul puts an Aramaic word in Jesus’ mouth: Abba, the way the Father was called privately, as Papa or Papito. This is how Jesus related to his Father.
The Sanisidrense bishop stressed that addressing God as the Father “instills faith in us, we pray to the merciful Father, from the Father who receives the prodigal Son with open arms because of his orphanage, his distance.” , he suffers for his son; we pray to that father, to the father who loves us, who loves us dearly”.
“Besides trusting, prayer is humble because our Father recognizes our needs without which we cannot live, without bread, without forgiveness and without temptation; therefore we ask you: give us bread, forgive us Two, because we forgive those who hurt us, and do not tempt us, helping us in moments of extreme weakness.
Monsignor Ojea deepens his reflection by explaining that prayer is “trust, it is humble and it is firm and insistent; seek, knock, ask, Jesus insists. It strikes the father’s heart, the father’s heart.” stressing the heart.”
“He gives many examples in which we are told of courage in prayer, courage in prayer; Just as we have to be brave for the apostolic life and mission, we must also be confident to put ourselves before the Lord to do what we need, as Moses did, as Abraham did, as the great as a person. The Old Testament did”.
The Episcopal president encouraged the prayer entrusted by a new apostolic visit by Pope Francis, who is in Canada this Sunday. “We pray for the Holy Father who traveled to Canada with his father. He called it the ‘atonement journey’ to apologize for the excesses of Europe’s cultural assimilation towards indigenous peoples, which is why it includes the penance journey. That’s the feature.
“We are with them in this request for forgiveness from the Church that relates to requests for forgiveness from the Church as a whole in recent times, for example with the request for forgiveness granted by St. John Paul II in the anniversary of the year 2000; Church For the sins of, for the historical sins. It’s good for us, it purifies our hearts and it helps us to pray better than our Father; We never pray alone, even when we’re alone, we always Let’s pray with Jesus, because we pray to Jesus the Father.”+