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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

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 7, 21.24-27

'It is not anyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.

'Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.

Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock.

But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand.

Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This Gospel passage reports the final words of the Sermon of the Mount, the first great speech Jesus gives in Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus warns his audience that words are not enough. It is not enough to pronounce certain formulas, even the most correct ones, to be truly his disciples. What counts and what saves is "being" disciples, that is, putting the Gospel that is heard into practice. This is why he ends the entire speech by saying: "Everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock," while "everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand." The example continues: the rain came pouring down, the rivers overflowed their banks, and the winds blew and battered those two houses. Jesus is talking about the storms of life: the temptations that assail us, the difficulties that crash down on us, the problems that obsess us, and so on. And indeed the house built on the rock - the life marked by faithfulness to the Gospel and to love - stands firm. The other house, however - the one built on the sand - falls. But what is the sand, if not the countless vices, faults, and selfish instincts that often make our lives empty, banal, inconsistent and even wicked and violent? We can only build our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters on a solid and stable foundation if we welcome the words of the Gospel with faith. The Lord invites us to nourish ourselves with the words of the Gospel every day, so that we might build our lives not on ourselves and our arrogance, which are as inconsistent and changing as the sand, but on the Word of God, the true rock and foundation of our existence.


12/02/2010
Memory of the Church


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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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Memory of the Mother of the Lord
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Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
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Memory of Jesus crucified
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Sunday Vigil
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