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Article Index
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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Before We Part Ways: Time to Recharge and Refresh. The journey, with all its heaviness and negativities, may have caused us exhaustion at this point. We need to recharge and refresh. One of my best ways to do this is praying or connecting with the energy source: God himself. I do this through a form of Asian meditation which is called as silent awareness. The method is simple: I just sit and watch my breath until I simply behold everything around and within me in a very relaxed manner -- it is then that I feel inner peace: not disturbed by worrisome feelings and thoughts…just silently contemplating the Divine…simply but profoundly enjoying a presence to Presence experience… so then I am certain that I would enjoy God’s refreshing embrace. This is another pearl of great price which I would like to share, especially because living a spirituality for social justice is most stressing and burn out prone.

As we pray or connect, it is fitting to note that Luke’s ‘Our Father’, the prayer Jesus taught us, is very short. As the only prayer he taught, Jesus may have uttered it in his night-long prayer (Cf. Lk 6:12). But the shortness of the prayer is largely incommensurate to the length of prayer-time spent by Jesus. And he could have not just spent the whole night uttering the ‘Our Father’ repeatedly -- while doing so may have been possible, we may not however describe Jesus as having done it because, in praying, Jesus himself counseled about not using too many words (Cf. Mt 6:7). So, what else could have Jesus’ way of praying other than that which is suited to the serenity of the night? Yes, Jesus connected to his Father in silent awareness (no words, no thoughts, just centered, just aware)…so must we who continue Jesus’ Kingdom mission today.


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