As Trinidad and Tobago continues her weary struggle with the grim realities of runaway crime, potently manifested by the recent spike in murders, as she grapples with the habitual discord and rancour on the political front, manifested by the war of words taking place at the end of the ‘email-gate’ investigation, as the Commissioner of Police places before the nation the sobering reality of criminal gangs being incentivised in the form of lucrative state contracts, the Word of God this Sunday presents us with Jesus’ simple but profound teaching on prayer.
The simplicity, confidence and intimacy of Jesus’ prayer life are fully on display in this reading from Luke. According to scripture scholars, the Lord’s prayer given by Jesus is as much a model of how to pray as it is a text of a new prayer itself.
This prayer of Jesus is not self-concerned but takes in the whole world. He prays for the coming of the “Kingdom;” your name be held holy, your Kingdom come. The Kingdom or Reign of God is the way life is when God is in charge. It is the world set aright.