Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Reflection from Gretchen Chrzan:
Recently in our small faith community at St. Mary Catholic Church, we talked about the Lord’s Prayer. One thing we discussed was that Jesus in never mentioned in the prayer. However, He is the symbolic and human representation of the Kingdom to come. After all, “Thy will be done” echoes the words Jesus says just after the Last Supper in the Garden of Gethsemane. He prays to His Father, as we are meant to pray to Our Father.
“Thy will be done” is my most repeated personal prayer. For many years, I was a very nervous flyer. I would pray for a safe flight so that I would return to my family, and ended my prayer with “but not my will but thy will be done.” Whenever I fly, I repeat this part of the Lord’s Prayer. I am no longer a frightened flyer. I know that whatever happens, all will be well, as it is my Father’s will.
“Thy Kingdom come… on earth as it is heaven.” This passage reminds me to be hopeful. Hopeful that this world in which we live will move towards a more loving, peaceful, perfect, heavenly place. A place where the will of Our Father, and His Son, will be listened to and honored by all. As men and women we know that this perfection is not possible on earth; but striving for it is what moves us closer to God and each other. When we pray, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” aren’t we asking Our Father, and His Son, to help us to Love?
Dear Father in Heaven, help me to live Your word through my thoughts, words and deeds. Help me to love more, and fear less. Help me to accept your will knowing that your wisdom will bring me closer to You and to others. Continue to give hope, oh Lord, to those in need. And help us to reach across all division with the same love you show us every day. In Jesus name I pray.