IS OUR FATHER JUST “IN HEAVEN”?
“Our Father who art in heaven (ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς), hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (ἐν οὐρανῷ)…” (Mt 6: 9-10)
Is God, our “Father,” distant from us, because He is “in heaven,” as in some “galaxy far, far away,” while we are all down here, on earth? No. He did, perhaps, seem distant in the Old Testament, but He more clearly revealed His closeness to us, when His only-begotten Son, the God-Man, walked among us, and prayed with us to our common Father, revealing to us God’s kingdom and will, on earth “as it is in heaven.”
So, God’s presence, in His kingship and will, unites heaven and earth in the Person of His Son and our Lord Jesus Christ. Today I can be part of that unity or communion, by re-connecting with God, and calling out to Him, “Our Father!” in heartfelt prayer, as Christ taught us to pray, in and with Him. Or I can just stay with the usual chaos we have here “on earth,” isolated from the full picture of God’s universe, both visible and invisible, both on earth and “in heaven.” That’s my choice. But Christ calls me to unity with the full picture, “on earth as it is in heaven,” so let me part of that, and call out to a Father I have in common with Jesus Christ. Because I can stay in the chaos, of our present-day, merely-human politics, and get all upset about that, but I can also make a choice to be part of God's bigger picture. “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Amen!