This is the season to fatten the doctor?s bank account. Everybody I know knows of someone else who had fallen ill. With the weather so erratic, hot during the day and raining and cold during the night, it is difficult not to succumb. It is no fun being unwell. I was struck down by fever since Monday. And adhering to the popular grandmothers? advice of ?Starve a fever, feed a cold,? I went ahead and starved myself. One slice of bread and one cup of milk for lunch and half a packet of instant noodles for dinner was what I had for meals for the past three days.
Thinking back, that was a rather extreme fasting. No wonder I felt even sicklier after the fever went away. Anyway, I am feeling better now, well enough to join in the Third Scrutiny during the Sunset Mass just now. Included in this Scrutiny was the Presentation of The Lord?s Prayer.
One time, after Jesus had finished praying, one of His disciples asked Him to teach them a prayer.
?Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.?
He said to them, “When you pray, this is what to say:
Father, may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive each one
who is in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test.
Luke 11:1-4 (NJB)
And Jesus gave them that which has become known as The Lord?s Prayer. This basic Prayer is one every Christian knows by heart. This is one prayer that had humbled me every time I recited it. This is one gift that came straight from the mouth of the Christ, one that He Himself had used. This is one prayer that all Christians treasure.