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Abba Father — Who Are You? (2)

‘Closest to the Father’s Heart’ It is impossible to get inside someone else’s ‘skin’. We get glimpses from what a person says or does. But to experience life from within another person’s consciousness, that’s a mystery beyond us. And rightly so. We recall times when someone shares their deepest yearnings, hopes, fears and hurts. Such […]

Tuesday 7 March

Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 34; Matthew 6:7-15 How to pray The Lord’s Prayer is not an instruction as to what to pray, but rather, how to pray. It teaches us to keep it simple, to use our own words, to be open and honest with God, to tell him our needs and to ask for his […]

Thursday 16 June

Ecclesiasticus 48:1-14; Ps. 97; Matthew 6:7-15 Abba, our Father In our first reading, the writer of the Book of Ecclesiasticus praises the deeds of the great prophet Elijah who, through great signs and wonders, revealed the presence of God in the midst of Israel. In contrast, in the Gospel reading, Jesus teaches his disciples to […]

Thursday 18 February

Esther 4:17, Ps.138, Matthew 7:7-12 Questions and Answers Prayers of petition, which are the focus of today’s Readings, raise two questions. The first: why do we need to ask God for things when he already knows our needs? Jesus gives us the answer, and it’s a simple one: because God likes to be asked. “Ask […]

Tuesday 16 February

Isaiah 55:10-11, Ps.34, Matthew 6:7-15 Abba and Me Sometimes, when I’ve used the Lord’s Prayer as a means of meditation, I’ve not got past the opening words: “Our Father” or, as Jesus meant it, “Abba,” or “Dad.” To reflect on and to begin to experience the reality of that intimate Father-Son relationship between God and […]

Wednesday 2 September

Colossians 1:1-8; Ps.52; Luke 4:38-44 Jesus went to a lonely place. Imagine accompanying Jesus to a quiet place and watching him pray. What do you notice? How does Jesus seem to pray? Prayer sustains his relationship with Abba. Tell Jesus why you pray or what helps you to pray. Last year, I was privileged to […]

“Abba, we’re here to help you!”

“Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, “Abba, Father!” Romans 8:14-16. When I was growing up, back in the 40’s and 50’s, there was […]