16th February

Today the public health nurse came to look at and dress the wound in my chest where the hickman line was. I’m still on antibiotics to help clear up the infection.

In today’s gospel Jesus gives us the Our Father prayer, the most precious of all Christian Our Fatherprayers.

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this:

‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test,
but save us from the evil one.

‘Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours; but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.’

One noteworthy point is that at the end, Jesus takes one of the 8 petitions of the Our Father and expands on it, giving it special significance. It is of course the obligation of mutual forgiveness in the Christian Church. Is there somebody in your life that you need to forgive? Lent would be a good time to say a fervent prayer for them daily that in this special year dedicated to mercy that the spiritual ice in the relationship will melt. This aspiration takes us beyond the question of who was in the right and who was in the wrong.