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The Everyday Prayer


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

Memory of the apostles Simon the Canaanite, called the Zealot, and Judas surnamed Thaddeus.


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 10,8-11

Then I heard the voice I had heard from heaven speaking to me again. 'Go', it said, 'and take that open scroll from the hand of the angel standing on sea and land.'

I went to the angel and asked him to give me the small scroll, and he said, 'Take it and eat it; it will turn your stomach sour, but it will taste as sweet as honey.'

So I took it out of the angel's hand, and I ate it and it tasted sweet as honey, but when I had eaten it my stomach turned sour.

Then I was told, 'You are to prophesy again, this time against many different nations and countries and languages and kings.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

We are in the central scene of the book of Revelation. While he is looking at the Angel (the Messiah) holding the "little scroll" in his hand, John hears a voice order him to go and take it from his hand. He is performing the same gesture as the Lamb, who took the scroll from the hand of the One who was seated on the throne (Rev. 5:7). But, while the Lamb moved on his own, demonstrating his full power, John has to wait for the command: "Go, take the scroll." We always need an angel to show us what to do and how to do it. We all need to be invited to "take the scroll." Salvation does not come from us, from our effort or our hard work; it comes from listening to the Gospel. And to make listening easier for us, there is a brother or sister who helps us understand the deeper meaning of what is written. The Word of God cannot be read by someone who is alone and detached from the community of believers. Just as no one can baptize him or herself (no one can become Christian alone), no one can listen to the Word of God outside of the Church. We always need to listen to the angel and listen to him again. John hears the voice add: "Take it, and eat!" The Gospel needs to be listened to, attended to, fathomed, learned by heart, read and reread, seen and seen again, just as we would do with our most precious treasure. Repeating the image used by John, we could say that it does not just need to be swallowed; it needs to be digested. Our salvation and the salvation of the world depend on that little book. It is a word that is "sweet as honey," because it is "God’s love letter to us," as the Fathers say. But it is also a "bitter" word when it descends into our stomach, that is, when it enters our lives. It corrects and directs our lives; it cuts and builds, exhorts and rebukes. This "bitterness" is needed to pull us away from our selfishness and help us to grow to the stature of Christ.


10/28/2010
Memory of the Church


Calendar of the week
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Sunday, 4 December
Liturgy of the Sunday
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5
Monday, 5 December
Prayer for the Sick
DEC
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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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Thursday, 8 December
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
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9
Friday, 9 December
Memory of Jesus crucified
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10
Saturday, 10 December
Sunday Vigil
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Sunday, 11 December
Liturgy of the Sunday

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