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The ‘Our Father’ of My Childhood
The Contexts of the Story
The Historical Context of the Our Father
My Historical Context
Blending Contexts in an On-going History
Companions on the Way
The Word ‘Debt/Indebted’ in the Our Father
Main Focus on Luke 11:4
Usual Interpretation of ‘Sin’ and ‘Debt’
Larger Than Sin
Indebtedness in Jesus’ Historical Setting
Where has the Jubilee Year Gone?
Rabbi Hillel’s Prosbul
The Significance of the Word ‘Debt’
The Jubilee Year in the Lk 4:16-30
More Than Sin-Orientation: The Kingdom of God
Breaking Fixed or Petrified Perspectives
Re-reading Lk 11:4 Through Jesus’ Eyes
Re-reading Lk 11:4 Through the Eyes of an Awakened, Poor Jew
Re-reading Lk 11:4 in the Larger Context of Luke’s Gospel
Lk 18: 18-27: a Commentary on Luke’s ‘Our Father’.
Social Justice in the Larger Context of Luke-Acts
Re-reading Lk 11:4 in the Context of Acts 2 and 4
Re-reading Luke 11:4 in My Context
The Need for an Alternative Spirituality
Before We Part Ways: Time to Recharge and Refresh
As We Part
Bibliography
Footnotes
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Companions on the Way. Dear reader, you may have noticed that this essay is essentially about my life-journey, too. Allow me then a few lines about the significant influences that have shaped my Christian convictions and the alternative reading of the ‘Our Father’ of my childhood.

With me in my life-journey are co-travelers.[4] They are persons who have influenced my person and mission either in their writings or ways of life or both. It is also important to consider that I have taken a route where my significant contact or immersion with the poor who struggle to transform human affairs into humane and just ones, and my assimilation of their written as well as unwritten expressions of wisdom have been precious courses I took from and still continue to learn in the ‘University of Life.’ Life itself, I believe, is still learning par excellence so long as the student is willing to listen well to life’s best professor, God himself, who, of course, speaks through persons and events.

Now that we have mapped out the panorama of our journey, we move on to unveil the alternative reading of the ‘Our Father’ of my childhood.



 
 


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