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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Pope Saint Calixtus (+222). He was a friend to the poor and founded the house of prayer on which later would be built the basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.
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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Revelation 5,1-5

I saw that in the right hand of the One sitting on the throne there was a scroll that was written on back and front and was sealed with seven seals.

Then I saw a powerful angel who called with a loud voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?'

But there was no one, in heaven or on the earth or under the earth, who was able to open the scroll and read it.

I wept bitterly because nobody could be found to open the scroll and read it,

but one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep. Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed, and so he will open the scroll and its seven seals.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

In the great heavenly throne room, the One seated on the throne holds in his right hand a book in the form of a scroll. It is God himself who holds the book (biblion in Greek), that is, the Word spoken to humanity. The scroll has writing on it on the inside, which is normal, and on the back, which is extraordinary. This indicates that the Word of God, the one Word, does not just have one meaning. Beyond its literal meaning, it has a deeper, spiritual meaning. This latter meaning is hidden to normal eyes and can only be read in the light of the Spirit, that is, in an atmosphere of prayer and listening. Without prayer, the book remains "sealed with seven seals." Yes, without the Spirit of God who opens the "scroll" to our mind’s eye, it remains like a sealed word that we cannot understand. Without a spiritual reading, the thought of God and the meaning of life remain hidden to the reader. This is why when John realizes that it is impossible to read the Word - there is no one to open the scroll - he is overcome by desperation and weeps bitterly. It is the lament of those who lose sight of the light and those who cannot find a source of inspiration for their lives. One is reminded of Mary weeping inconsolably in front of the empty tomb because she believes that she has lost her Lord. Compared to the coldness we often exhibit towards the Word of God and how forgetful we are of the living Jesus, Mary - who weeps even though she has only lost Jesus’ dead body - and John - who weeps because of the absence of the Word of God - show us what attitude every disciple should have towards the Lord. If we even let ourselves be moved a little when we hear these words, Jesus himself, the "Root of David," will come once again to open the "scroll and its seven seals" in order to teach us as he taught the disciples. Jesus promised the apostles that his spirit would lead them "into all the truth." It is the spirit that opens.


10/14/2010
Memory of the Church


Calendar of the week
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Sunday, 4 December
Liturgy of the Sunday
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Monday, 5 December
Prayer for the Sick
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Tuesday, 6 December
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
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Wednesday, 7 December
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
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Feast of the Immaculate Conception
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Friday, 9 December
Memory of Jesus crucified
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Saturday, 10 December
Sunday Vigil
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Liturgy of the Sunday

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