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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Reading of the Word of God

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

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

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

John 10,31-42

The Jews fetched stones to stone him,

so Jesus said to them, 'I have shown you many good works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?'

The Jews answered him, 'We are stoning you, not for doing a good work, but for blasphemy; though you are only a man, you claim to be God.'

Jesus answered: Is it not written in your Law: I said, you are gods?

So it uses the word 'gods' of those people to whom the word of God was addressed -- and scripture cannot be set aside.

Yet to someone whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world you say, 'You are blaspheming' because I said, 'I am Son of God.'

If I am not doing my Father's work, there is no need to believe me;

but if I am doing it, then even if you refuse to believe in me, at least believe in the work I do; then you will know for certain that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.

They again wanted to arrest him then, but he eluded their clutches.

He went back again to the far side of the Jordan to the district where John had been baptising at first and he stayed there.

Many people who came to him said, 'John gave no signs, but all he said about this man was true';

and many of them believed in him.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

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

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Faced with the explosion of hatred and the attempt to stone him as a result of his preaching of the Gospel, Jesus reacted calmly as one who knows he is doing the will of the Father who is in heaven. Jesus said to those who are trying to stone him: "I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?" The Jews replied that their every harsh reaction is not caused by some wrong action but for his claiming, unbearable for them, to be in the likeness of God. They understood that that love had to have come from God. But the people who look at the Gospel and the works that come from it with pride and coldness remain blind. To defend themselves from the love that wants to draw in all those who listen to it, they repeat the most logical objection: "It is impossible for salvation to come from the Gospel, from the weakness of the Church, or from the humble witness of the disciples." That is the meaning of the accusation spoken in the Gospel: "You, though only a human being, are making yourself God." It is true that Jesus is a true human being, but he is also truly God. That is the mystery of Jesus, which becomes the very mystery of the Church, which is work of human beings but also of God. The apostle Paul defines the Church as the Body of Christ. Through the Church - through the celebration of the sacraments, the preaching of the Gospel - we can enter into direct contact with God. In this sense, we could say that the Church is the work of Christ, even more it is his very "Body" that remains through time. The Christian community is the sacrament and sign of Jesus’ presence throughout history. Not only did these statements not stop the Jews, but they also pushed them to seize Jesus. But he flees from them. The evangelist John underlines that it is not the enemy who will catch Jesus, but it is he, who will hand himself over to them out of love. For the time being, Jesus left and withdrew to the place where John baptized, and there many were going and listening to him.

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