And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done…
No doubt many of us have heard the well-known story which is told of the early Dominican monk, St. Thomas of Aquinum. He was one day sitting in the Vatican with Pope Innocent the Fourth, and large masses of gold and silver were being carried into the treasury. "The day has passed, you see," said the Pope, in a self-satisfied manner, "when the Church could say, 'Silver and gold have I none.'" "Yes," replied St. Thomas, "and with it has also passed the day when she could say to the paralytic, 'Rise up and walk.'" No, it is not endowment but fidelity which God regards — the establishment of a connection between the Church of any country and the State must never, in any sense, be regarded as an establishment of the "kingdom of God."
(W. S. Carter, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.