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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
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Re-reading Lk 11:4 in the Context of Acts 2 and 4. In the aforementioned passages in Acts, the practice of social justice through radical sharing is emphasized. In Acts 2 the concept of salvation is mentioned, and it is in the context of social justice (in the form of radical sharing) that salvation takes place. This reminds us again of the alternative reading of Lk 11:4. In a community where radical sharing is practiced, the sin of social injustice cannot but be forgiven; accordingly, the community has realized (to a certain degree) the Kingdom of God or salvation in their present situation.

At this point in our re-reading, let us look at the whole ‘Our Father’ of Luke in view of discovering another insight:

Luke 11: 2-4

Father, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.

And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

First, we remember the following points: The ‘Our Father’ is a petition for the coming of the Kingdom, or our petition to be saved or to enter into eternal life; the condition for our entry is the practice of social justice (or the eradication of poverty, injustice and oppression). Keeping these in mind, we may see that the petition for the daily bread in the ‘Our Father’ has a meaningful connection to the radical sharing practiced in Acts 2 and 4, and the merit of salvation that results from it. ‘Give us each day our daily bread’ has a message about social justice (radical sharing) as condition for entry into the Kingdom of God; it is an especial reminder to the wealthy that they are God’s instruments who should take care of the destitute who cry out to God for their daily needs. Doing so, salvation or the Kingdom of God may be realized in their midst. Of course, this will merit their final or definitive salvation in the end times.


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