Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be (ἁγιασθήτω, sanctified) thy name…” (Mt 6: 9)

Is “hallowed be thy name” a request? No. It is a proclamation. We are saying, Let Your name (i.e. You Yourself), God, be recognized and embraced, by us, as “holy.” We are not asking for God’s “name” or God to be made holy, because He already is that.

God is in fact the very Source of “holiness,” and we need to recognize and affirm that, again and again, in order to participate in His holiness, rather than seek betterment or divinization (“theosis”) from within ourselves. We do not become “like God” by doing things our own way, without Him, as the serpent suggested to us in the garden (Gen 3: 5). We recognize that it is only He, and His way, that can make us as we are meant to be, “like Him,” and that is “holy.” That’s why He says to us, “Be holy, as I am holy” (Lev 11: 44).

So today I reject the popular teachings on “finding the god within me.” I ascribe glory and “holiness” to Another, asking Him to “come and abide” in me. Because He does not do that against my will.


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