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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Mark 8,11-13

The Pharisees came up and started a discussion with him; they demanded of him a sign from heaven, to put him to the test.

And with a profound sigh he said, 'Why does this generation demand a sign? In truth I tell you, no sign shall be given to this generation.'

And, leaving them again, he re-embarked and went away to the other side.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus returned to the Judaic territory, his homeland. Paradoxically, the whole scene changes: the Pharisees went to him, but not as the poor and the weak did when they ask for help. The Pharisees, strong in their position, wanted to fight against him. They asked him for a sign that may confirm his statements without any other question. Truthfully, the sign was himself, his word, his limitless mercy, his miracles towards the poor and the weak. And yet, they did not accept the ‘normality’ of the Gospel, even if it changed life so much so that entire crowds go to Jesus. Their eyes were satisfied with their practice and observance, and they were not able to see the wonders that love does. It is a risk Jesus’ very disciples run every time they are content with their condition and practices. The Gospel, which questions every day our self-sufficiency and the certainties of our generation, is the sign given to us by the presence of the Lord in our life.


02/15/2010
Memory of the Poor


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Monday, 27 February
Memory of the Poor
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Tuesday, 28 February
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
MAR
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Ash Wednesday
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Thursday, 2 March
Memory of the Church
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3
Friday, 3 March
Memory of Jesus crucified
MAR
4
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Sunday Vigil
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5
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Liturgy of the Sunday