Monsignor Peter Fleetwood says he once got irritated by a priest, who when he celebrated
Mass invited the faithful to pray the Lord's Prayer - the Our Father - by referring
to it as " the prayer of all disciples".
In this reflection Father Peter explains
why: ..."Well it isn't. It is not the prayer of the disciples of the Prophet Muhammad,
or the disciples of hundreds of gurus in India , or the disciples od Sigmund Freud
or anybody else who has a following of faithful students. It is the prayer of the
disciples of Jesus Christ , who called himself the Son of God and told us to think
of God as our father too. This is the reason He was reckoned to be blaspheming by
people who could never imagine God as their father.
It is one of the problems
Muslims have with Christianity. it must seem presumptuous to claim such relationship
with the Creator of the world . And some people would see it as bringing God too far
down from heaven to our level. This is not just being pedantic, though. On the one
hand I am asking this priest not to be a Christian imperialist , or at least to sound
like one, because that is not what he means. On the other hand, isn't it marvellous
to be told that God is our father ? What a different sort of closeness to God when
we realise what Jesus meant!"...