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Sirach 48:1-14
Psalm 97:1-7
Matthew 6:7-15

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dare to say "abba"

"This is how you are to pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.' " —Matthew 6:9

The writer of Sirach exclaimed: "How awesome are you, Elijah!" (Sir 48:4) Yet the awesome Elijah is only a creature of the totally awesome God. "Let us praise Him the more, since we cannot fathom Him, for greater is He than all His works; awful indeed is the Lord's majesty, and wonderful is His power" (Sir 43:29-30). "To whom can you liken God? With what equal can you confront Him?" (Is 40:18)

Jesus instructs us to address as "Father," "Abba," "Daddy," this awesome, infinite, all-holy Creator-Savior God (Mt 6:9). This is shocking and would be considered blasphemous by anyone who does not accept Jesus' divine authority to authorize such an unprecedented way of addressing God.

Trusting in Jesus, we dare to address God as our "Abba." The Holy Spirit cries out in our hearts "Abba" (Gal 4:6; Rm 8:15). In the intimacy and security of Abba's love (Rm 5:5), we are freed from a "spirit of slavery" leading us "back into fear" (Rm 8:15). We glory in the freedom of being sons and daughters of Abba.

Jesus taught: "This is how you are to pray:" Abba! (Mt 6:9)

Prayer:  Abba...

Promise:  "During his lifetime he feared no one, nor was any man able to intimidate his will. Nothing was beyond his power." —Sir 48:12-13

Praise:  "For I am the Lord, your God, Who grasp your right hand; it is I Who say to you 'Fear not, I will help you' " (Is 41:13). Alleluia!

Reference:  (Grow in trust of Jesus by reading the Bible every day. We have several series to help you. Overview of the Bible is six CD's starting with CD 10A-1 or audio tape AV 10A-1. 15 minute Bible Teaching-New Testatment is forty CD's with detailed teaching as to chapter and verse starting with CD 700 or audio tape 700.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 20, 2016

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