Catholic Men’s Daily Devotional – Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time – Thursday – Matthew 6:7-15
In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives men the glorious Lord’s Prayer. He first condemns the mindless prayer of those who babble many words, ignorantly trying to appeal to their many gods.
Assuring that God the Father knows what men need, Christ instructs men in the Lord’s Prayer so men may pray with right hearts and successfully petition God. Beginning with the communal, Our Father, Christ affirms the need for fraternity and for brothers to pray to God as the Heavenly hallowed Father who’s will is to be done.
Christ emphasizes man’s dependence on the Father in daily life, for salvation and for protection against Satan. He teaches that men are totally dependent on God for daily bread, including bodily nourishment (i.e. every day food) and spiritual nourishment (i.e. the supernatural bread of the Eucharist). A stunning call to perfection, Christ reveals that that God will forgive men their trespasses in the same way that men forgive the trespasses of other men.
Awed by Jesus Christ – Jesus the Son of God, authoritatively asserts that God is to be addressed as “Father” and with special divine omniscience reveals that men must forgive if they hope for God to forgive them. Almighty King, Christ denounces false prayer, commands men to pray the Our Father, holds men to the incredible standard of forgiveness and warns of the Evil One (Satan).
Being a Heroic Catholic Man
1) Jesus Christ, the Almighty King, taught men how to pray 2000 years ago; billions continue to pray the Lord’s Prayer. Be awed by the Son of God’s life-changing impact on billions of people.
2) Christ emphasizes prayer through His preaching and His own prayer life. He specifically asserts the Our Father is at the at the center of a man’s prayer life. Commit to grow in understanding of the Our Father (CCC 2759-2865) and to pray it every single day.
3) As men have strayed from God, they have become isolated, alienated and feminized. Commit to seek out other Catholic men to build fraternity, strengthening each other, like “iron sharpens iron” (Prov 27:17).
Spiritual Practices – Include in Today’s Prayers
Sacred Mystery of Rosary – The Luminous Mysteries
Daily Devotion – The Holy Eucharist
Virtue of the Day – Fortitude