In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus introduces the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples. At a first read, the passage may seem obvious or begging to not be further considered. The Our Father is innately in us it seems, being recited by many from an early age, and regularly in the liturgy. Today, we are presented with an opportunity to think deeper about this prayer.

I like to pray these words line by line, with an intentional reflection on each phrase. Each time I do this, something else stands out and the words of praise and plea of forgiveness suggests a new action or thought to dwell within me. May this prayer impact your life in a different light each time it may arise.

—Mark Joseph Ehrbar is Co-Director of Music at Gesu Church, University Heights, OH.