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9 Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
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268 Of all the divine attributes, only God's omnipotence is named in the Creed: to confess this power has great bearing on our lives. We believe that his might is universal, for God who created everything also rules everything and can do everything. God's power is loving, for he is our Father, and mysterious, for only faith can discern it when it "is made perfect in weakness".(cf. Gen 1:1; Jn 1:3; Mt 6:9; 2 Cor 12:9; cf. 1 Cor 1:18)
443 Peter could recognize the transcendent character of the Messiah's divine sonship because Jesus had clearly allowed it to be so understood. To his accusers' question before the Sanhedrin, "Are you the Son of God, then?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am."(Lk 22:70; cf. Mt 26:64; Mk 14:61-62) Well before this, Jesus referred to himself as "the Son" who knows the Father, as distinct from the "servants" God had earlier sent to his people; he is superior even to the angels.(cf. Mt 11:27; Mt 21:34-38; Mt 24:36) He distinguished his sonship from that of his disciples by never saying "our Father", except to command them: "You, then, pray like this: 'Our Father'", and he emphasized this distinction, saying "my Father and your Father".(Mt 5:48; Mt 6:8-9; Mt 7:21; Lk 11:13; Jn 20:17)
764 "This Kingdom shines out before men in the word, in the works and in the presence of Christ."(LG 5) To welcome Jesus' word is to welcome "the Kingdom itself."(LG 5) The seed and beginning of the Kingdom are the "little flock" of those whom Jesus came to gather around him, the flock whose shepherd he is.(Lk 12:32; cf. Mt 10:16; Mt 26:31; Jn 10:1-21) They form Jesus' true family.(cf. Mt 12:49) To those whom he thus gathered around him, he taught a new "way of acting" and a prayer of their own.(cf. Mt 5- 6)
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2763 All the Scriptures - the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms - are fulfilled in Christ.(cf. Lk 24:44) The Gospel is this "Good News." Its first proclamation is summarized by St. Matthew in the Sermon on the Mount;(cf. Mt 5 - Mt 7) The prayer to our Father is at the center of this proclamation. It is in this context that each petition bequeathed to us by the Lord is illuminated:
The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect of prayers.... In it we ask, not only for all the things we can rightly desire, but also in the sequence that they should be desired. This prayer not only teaches us to ask for things, but also in what order we should desire them.(St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II, 83, 9)