As Catholics each of us should be mindful of an inner, contemplative dimension in our daily lives. As people of faith and prayer we acknowledge the presence of God in our own lives and in the lives of everyone around us. But as ordinary human beings we sometimes get discouraged because we don’t always see the presence of God in our own lives or those around us.
The ability to see the presence of God takes practice and prayer. The prayer Our Lord models for us leads us to be mindful of God’s presence in our world today and to be mindful of God’s activity in bringing about the Kingdom. We know that by ourselves alone each one of us may not be able to change the world, or to bring about the Kingdom of God. But we don’t have to change the world. We are asked to do only what we can – no matter how great or small our efforts may seem – and to have faith that through our weak human efforts God himself will bring about the transformation of the world. After all, bringing about the Kingdom is God’s work; we are only asked to do what we can to help.
At its core the “Our Father” reminds us that since the time of Christ, the Kingdom of God is already present. The message of Our Lord offers nothing but that assurance: that the Kingdom of God is at hand!