Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Behind the Lord's Prayer

Every evening, I usually read the articles by Celia Sirois in our Weekday Missal before looking at the Mass readings themselves. (The articles have been repositioned in a book of their own.) Sirois has been quite involved in the Catholic/Jewish dialogue in the Archdiocese of Boston, and also wrote our book, "My Jewish Friend," presenting Judaism for kids, so she has a great handle on the Jewish roots in our Catholic practices and on the overall Jewishness of Jesus, too. She sees that in the Our Father:
The first two petitions of the Lord's Prayer--'hallowed be your name/your Kingdom come'-- are paralleled in the Jewish prayer called the kaddish. It begins, 'Magnified and sanctified be his great Name,' and goes on, 'May he establish his kingdom during your life and during your days and during the life of all the house of Israel'.
These beautiful words elaborate on the "spare" petitions of the Our Father. I like thinking that Jesus knew he was handing on (eventually to the Gentiles) the prayer of his own people.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Thanks I enjoyed this post...last night in the Catholic Scripture Study class I attend where we have just started our study of Romans we were discussing at length the relationship between Jews and was interesting to read in your blog the roots of the Lord's Prayer