glory.Christ, the Lord, restores them to his Father and our Father, until he hands over the Kingdom to him when the mystery of salvation will be brought to its completion and God will be all in all.’~8 2856 ‘Then, after the prayer is over you say “Amen”, which means “So be it”, thus ratifying with our “Amen” what is contained in the prayer that God has taught us.”79


2857 In the Our Father, the object of thefirst three petitions is the glory of the Father: the sanct ~fi cation of his name, the coming of the Kingdom and the fulfilment of his will. Thefour others present our wants to him: they ask that our lives be nourished, healed of sin and made victorious in the struggle of good over evil.

2858 By asking ‘hallowed be thy name’ we enter into God’s plan, the sanct ~Ji cation of his name — revealed first to Moses and then in Jesus — by us and in us, in every nation and in each man.

2859 By the second petition, the Church looksfirst to Christ’s return and the final coming of the Reign of God. She also prays for the growth of the Kingdom of God in the ‘today’ of our own lives.

2860 In the third petition, we ask our Father to unite our will to that of his Son, so as tofulfil his plan of salvation in the life of the world. 286! In the fourth petition, by saying ‘give us’, we express in communion with our brethren our filial trust in our heavenly Father. ‘Our daily bread’ refers to the earthly nourishment necessary to everyone for subsistence, and also to the Bread of Life: the Word of God and the Body of Christ. It is received in God’s ‘today’, as the indispensable, (super-) essential nourishment of the Feast of the coming Kingdom anticipated in the Eucharist.

2862 The fifth petition begs God’s mercy for our offences, mercy which can penetrate our hearts only ~f we have learned to forgive our enemies, with the example and help of Christ.

2863 When we say ‘lead us not into temptation’ we are asking God not to allow us to take the path that leads to sin. This petition implores the Spirit of discernment and strength; it requests the grace of vigilance and final perseverance.

2864 In the last petition, ‘but deliver usftom evil’, Christians pray to God with the Church to show forth the victor y, already won by Christ, over the ‘ruler of this world’, Satan, the angel personally opposed to God and to his plan of salvation. 2865 By the final ‘Amen’, we express our fiat concerning the seven petitions: ‘So be it.’