Reflection On The Our Father Prayer

Reflection On The Our Father Prayer

By Sister Marianne Ferguson

When we see the word “OUR” in this prayer, it brings to mind the thought of ownership. God belongs to us, so the opposite must be true… we belong to God. God has called us into his own and our relationship is mutual. If we believe the words of our prayer, God will love us no matter what we do, like a parent with a child; however, we are in an adult relationship where we can share our fears, joys, disappointments, frustrations, and pain with him. God has become the one we can turn to anytime, not only at the time and convenience of the other person.

Sometimes it is a challenge to remember that the word “OUR” is plural —that God is in this intimate relationship with everyone. God’s love is inclusive in that everyone is part of his family. Sometimes we are challenged to love everyone as God does, especially when they annoy us, get in our way, or do not live up to our standards. Yet if we believe the words of our prayer, we will try to be as inclusive as God our father is toward all of his creation. As we say this prayer, let us examine our own consciences to see how we can more closely imitate the family relations that God engages in toward his beloved —all of us.

Let us pray:

That we may consider the words more closely when we say the Our Father

That we may appreciate our role as His Beloved in our relationship with God

That we may appreciate more fully the relationship of others with God

That we may incorporate into our actions the love that God has for us all


  1. Harold M. Frost, III May 30, 2018 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Thank you, Sr. Marianne, for your insightful blog. In response, the words “Our Father, hallowed be thy name” come up. In the Old Testament, one’s name signifies who one is. Who one really is is that one that God the Father created one to be, not only in the beginning as a human being but also as the human person He wants us to develop into within the fabric of space and time in our relationships with Him, our neighbors, and ourselves in the Church Militant. So we hallow God who is Love when we are truly the ones He wants us to be in our actions as both subject and object in relationship with others. When we hallow God, we reflect back to Him the ones He had created in his own luminous image and likeness.

  2. marianne May 31, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you Harold. Have you seen Michael Crosby’s new book “The prayer that Jesus Taught Us”?

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