A “Lord’s prayer” for justice – source unknown

OUR SOURCE OF LOVE

Who always stands with the weak, the powerless, the poor, and the abandoned with the love of a parent.

This is the great insight of the prophets and the holy ones.

WHO ART IN HEAVEN

Where everything will be reversed: where the first will be last and the last will be first

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

May we always acknowledge Your holiness, respecting that your ways are not our ways.

YOUR KINGDOM COME

Help us create a world where we will act justly, speak tenderly, and walk humbly with You and each other

YOUR WILL BE DONE

May we place our freedom in You so that the complete mutuality which characterizes Your life might flow through our hearts.

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

May the work of our hands reflect the infinite justice of Heaven

GIVE

Give life and love to us and help us to always see everything as a gift. Help us to know that nothing comes to us by rights, and that we must give because we have received.

US

In the truly plural sense of “us,” may we give not just to our own, but to everyone. Including those who are very different than the narrow confines of “us.”

THIS DAY

Not tomorrow but this day do we need Your grace to respond to the face of injustice and not put things off into some indefinite future.

OUR DAILY BREAD

So that each person might have enough food, clean water and clean air, adequate health care, sufficient access to education t sustain a healthy life, teach us to give from our sustenance and not just from our surplus.

AND FORGIVE US OUR TREPASSES

Forgive us our selective blindness toward our neighbor, our obsessive domination and racism. Forgive us our capacity to consume the evening news and do nothing about it.

AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TREPASS AGAINST US

Give us the grace to forgive those who victimize us. Help us to mellow our spirit, to not grow bitter with age, to forgive the imperfect spouse, parents, children, family and neighbors who injure us.

AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

We fear being put to the test using this gospel scrutiny. Do not judge us only by whether we have fed the hungry, given clothes to the naked, visited the sick, or tried to mend the systems that victimized the poor. Give us, instead, more days to mend our ways, our hearts, and our systems.

BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL

Take away the blindness that prevents us from seeing who gets less in our social systems while we get more.

AMEN

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