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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

Luke 6,39-42

He also told them a parable, 'Can one blind person guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit?

Disciple is not superior to teacher; but fully trained disciple will be like teacher.

Why do you observe the splinter in your brother's eye and never notice the great log in your own?

How can you say to your brother, "Brother, let me take out that splinter in your eye," when you cannot see the great log in your own? Hypocrite! Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter in your brother's eye.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

We continue the reading of the sermon on the plain according to Luke, which corresponds to that on the Mountain, reported by Matthew. We began it last Wednesday and will finish tomorrow. Today’s passage and tomorrow’s constitute a unity where Jesus expounds a series of maxims full of human and spiritual wisdom. They are brief so that we can memorize them and draw inspiration from them for our behaviour. The image of the blind person who cannot guide another summons everyone, especially those who have a responsibility to guide, to have their eyes opened to the Gospel, to be attentive to one’s own interior life, to see what there is that is good and beautiful around us; otherwise we will be blind without the possibility of helping anyone. And the indispensable duty of fraternal correction is to be placed in this context. Whoever is blind, in other words, those who let themselves be guided by their own narrow-mindedness or pride, fall into the attitude chastised by the Gospel, that of seeing the splinter in another’s eye and not give heed to the beam which distorts one’s own eye. We should all be on guard against becoming cold and, above all, blind, judges. Work on our own interior life: an ascesis over one’s own instincts helps to be more brotherly and a better friend.

Memory of Jesus crucified