In today’s discussion, Joachim Schrödel asks if we actually believe that God is the god of dialogue. The priest said that the pericope invites us to ask God to “get his nerves”.
Archbishop Joachim Schrödel
Luke 11:1-13 Reading Year C
Do you still have last Sunday’s gospel in your head? Mary, who devotes herself completely to the Lord and receives from him the “service of the word,” who feels well that the Lord is concerned with his service, and not the service, stands in contrast to being so preoccupied with worldly matters. .
Two weeks ago, the liturgy gave us the parable of the Good Samaritan. We have learned from our teacher, the Holy Mother Church, that the love of God and the love of neighbor must be in harmony. Otherwise, we will not be able to enter the “kingdom of God.”
Today, I experience disciples more with what is now referred to as “unconfirmed”. We know, so that they may think, what you want from us, Lord. We must listen to your word, we must delve into what you want to tell us. In fact, we also know what you want to tell us. Your message is that the kingdom of heaven is fundamentally different from this earth, it is “the kingdom of God”. “The kingdom of God is near” – this is the message of the disciples traveling in pairs as witnesses to the truth.
But, as the brothers and sisters of Jesus in the congregation of Luke the Evangelist asked themselves, we must be silent. Do we have to wait quietly and with words for what will come to us?
And: You, Jesus, keep sending us away to speak to the one who sent you. With your father God seems so far away to us, Jesus! Please tell us how we can come out of our weakness of speech and impotence.
So with today’s gospel: “Lord, teach us to pray!”. He teaches them! With the New Testament Bible Students we can probably say that the “Our Father” we hear now was probably the original version. But more important than the question of the number of requests, whether five or seven, this prayer seems to contain the fact that Jesus “allows” the disciples, the great God, Creator of heaven and earth, the word “Father” Tabuk. While it is not uncommon in Judaism to address God as the “Father of Israel,” individuals rarely attempt this close designation of God.
Special relationship with God
It seems to me that the question of whether, and how, other monotheistic religions deal with the concept of the father, is more important than the question of how well Judaism knows the term. For Judaism, it seems clear: when Jesus calls God “the Father,” he, like many prophets, has a special relationship with God. Of course, on the contrary, Jesus will never be referred to as “the Son of God.” This term is present in Judaism, but is always applied to the entire nation of Jews in a figurative sense.
Of course, the idea of calling God “Father” is completely alien to Islam. God is the “Absolute Other” for whom not every human qualification fits. So Jesus passed on his relationship as a son to his disciples. God the Father has him as hers.
Hope in the kingdom of God
And that being a father he qualifies himself in asking for the perpetual righteousness of his name (“hallowed be your name”) and the hope of the end, the end of this world in his kingdom.
Meanwhile, Jesus’ disciple asks for sufficient food and forgiveness of sins. In return, the worshiper promises forgiveness of the sins of others. By asking God to prevent temptation (to evil, to exercise power over others, etc.) (Professor Karl Heinrich Ringstorf: “And lead us not into temptation”), this prayer ends with five requests.
But Our Abbreviated Father is only an introduction to the preaching and the next request.
In short: harass this God with your requests! Do not give up! If you stand firm, he will hear you!
Dear Christian brothers,
For all the complex questions that today’s gospel poses, one of them is today’s message for me:
Do we trust God, the God of dialogue? Or, as one often hears today: everything is predetermined anyway, we cannot change anything about it, what is supposed to happen will happen. This is what people today who claim to be devout and good Catholics say. Yes, who uses this assertion (“everything is predetermined anyway”) to justify “being good Catholics”. Only a few years ago, such an attitude could have been described as fatalism, which is the definition of kismet in Islam, but it is systematically correct. Saucepan; Let’s just say sometimes.
We must pressure God…
But today’s Bible calls us to exhort God to “get on his nerves.” We have to distinguish here: it is far from our fate. Of course, this sometimes seems to be the motto of those who desperately want to change the church and the world without any hope of “God’s intervention.” Yes: There are also today, especially in Europe, efforts to put oneself in the place of God. I know from God how we get out of some crises. This is a killer. deadly.
The church is the body of Christ
And it is these Christians who are so full of zeal to save the Church and to make reforms, that they forget that this particular Church is not an assembly but the Body of Christ. And that, despite all the enthusiasm, the request of the Lord of the Church must not be neglected, yes: it is fundamental and first.
At the beginning of the month we heard in the Gospel: “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2/14 Sunday of the Ordinary Circle, c)
Today he says: “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9).
Do we still have the spiritual zeal to ask God about our needs? How I like to think, especially in the Middle East, of Abraham’s negotiations with God over Sodom. It’s like oriental bazaar! (Genesis 18:16-33)
We can still ask our father; Shall we offer him a “deal”?
(Vatican Radio – Editor Claudia Kaminsky)