AN ECONOMIC PRAYER OF UNIVERSAL HOPE

AN ECONOMIC STATEMENT AND AN UNIVERSAL AFFIRMATION OF HOPE

It is an economic statement because the prayer invites us to join into a participative prayer for making our earthly sojourn like “…it is in heaven.” It is an affirmation of hope because it is an essential component of Jesus’ message and will be fulfilled.

OUR  FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN

A LOVING FATHER, GOD IN THE HEAVENS OF GENESIS, THE CHIEF STEWARD OF CREATION: THE VOID, THE WATERS, THE LAND

THE FISHES IN THE SEA, THE ANIMALS THAT ROAM THE EARTH, AND ALL OF US===EVERY LIVING THING

HALLOWED, (BLESSED) BE THY NAME

WE ARE HIS CHILDREN, HIS ASSISTANTS USING AND PRESERVING HIS GIFTS, ALL OF MANKIND

CO-RESPONSIBLE, DEPUTIZED STEWARDS: 
WE ARE CALLED TO BLESS, HALLOW HIS NAME, 
RECOGNIZE HIM AS THE CREATOR  OF EVERTHING

AND FULL OF GRATITUDE,     
ACCEPT OUR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS CHARGE.

THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE

JESUS WANTS  US TO RULE OVER THE CHIEF STEWARD’S KINGDOM,  HIS FATHER

ACCORDING TO HIS RULES

WHERE: ON EARTH—HERE— AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

AND WAS ALWAYS MEANT TO BE, WHERE WE ARE IN CHARGE,
BUT SUBJECT TO HIS RULES

SO DIFFERENT FROM THE RULES OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE OF JESUS’ TIMES(AND MODERN EMPIRES AS WELL)

 GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD

ALL MUST HAVE ENOUGH FOR BASIC SUBSISTENCE AND DIGNITY, 
WHICH MEANS THE CONDITIONS AND CAPACITY TO HALLOW HIS NAME

AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES (THE ORIGINAL WORD USED BY JESUS WAS “ DEBTS”)

AT THE TIME OF JESUS THE POOR RURAL PEASANT REGULARLY  HAD TO BORROW FROM A PATRON TO PAY FOR PLANTING. THRU THE DEBT THE DOMINANT CLASS
WRESTED THEIR LAND 
THEIR MEANS OF SUBSISTENCE,  
CONDEMNING  THEM AND FAMILIES TO AN EARLY DEATH.

JESUS’ KINGDOM: 
A MINIMUM OF ECONOMIC SECURITY
TO BE ABLE ALWAYS TO “HALLOW OR HONOR” THE CHIEF STEWARD OF CREATION

BE STEWARDS TOWARDS OTHERS.

AS WE FORGIVE THOSE THAT TRESPASS AGAINST US

TWO JUST MEN/WOMEN WILL HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS OF THEIR OWN JUSTICE

FOR HARMONY AMONG ALL THE WILLINGNESS TO FORGIVE  IS ONLY SURE PATH

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
THE UNFETTERED DESIRE FOR WEALTH AND POWER
TEMPTING GOD TO GAIN ADVANTAGE

DELIVER US FROM EVIL
NO VIOLENCE 
IN ORDER TO SURVIVE TO HALLOW AND HONOR 
GOD’S HOLY NAME 

THIS WAS JESUS’ PRAYER RECOMMENDED TO HIS HEARERS, THE POOR AND OPPRESSED  OF GALILEE

IT IS OUR PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING TODAY Our  Our Father

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jackfisher

I am a practicing Catholic, Jesuit trained, Vatican II amateur theologian, popularizing a complex belief theme for a larger reading public. I have found great spiritual joy in the biblical and historical experts’ recovery of the long lost vision of Jesus’ passion for the Father’s commitment to his created world. This passion of Jesus is embraced in the universal Prayer, THE OUR FATHER. In recent years I have been inspired by the re-discovered spiritual approach to our God in the Ecumenical Council Vatican II.As an additional note I have enjoyed more than forty years of academic and practical experience dedicated to social, economic and political development in the poorer countries of Central and South America. Except for development work I am not a professional in any field, but have lived long enough to earn Licenciates in Philosophy and Theology as well as Masters degrees in Medieval History and Urban Planning, and an ABD (all but dissertation) in Economic and Social Development.

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