Jdg 18-19; Mark 11; Psalm 10
Every day we dare to pray – most especially we dare to pray The Prayer.
“Whenever you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone; so that your father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses”
Of course we hedge this round – we add in parentheses ‘forgive my repentant brother or sister’ – an addition Jesus does not make anywhere. We seek to decide whom can be forgiven – but in praying The Prayer, we relinquish that ‘right’. We have not yet come to know the good news – to know God.
We dare to pray ‘forgive us our trespasses, in the way we forgive others’ – we dare to say to God, allow the measure of our mercy towards others, to be the measure of your mercy towards us.
In truth we can only begin to pray this when we have discovered that to pray ‘Our father’ is not a vain hope, but an outrageous truth. When we begin to discern that it is his life in us that is the ground of our being – the ground of all hope.