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The Everyday Prayer


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


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Glory to God in the highest
and peace on earth to the people he loves.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 1, 35-42

The next day as John stood there again with two of his disciples, Jesus went past,

and John looked towards him and said, 'Look, there is the lamb of God.'

And the two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.

Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, 'What do you want?' They answered, 'Rabbi' -- which means Teacher-'where do you live?'

He replied, 'Come and see'; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour.

One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter.

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and say to him, 'We have found the Messiah' -- which means the Christ-

and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, 'You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas' -- which means Rock.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The evangelist John continues to narrate the first steps of Jesus’ public ministry, which opened with his baptism in the River Jordan. This passage describes the conversion of two of John the Baptist’s disciples. Evidently, the prophet’s words about the Messiah Jesus had touched the hearts of his two followers. And indeed, they leave their teacher and set out to follow this young prophet from Nazareth. In truth, this is what happens to each one of us when we open our heart to the preaching of the Gospel. At the origin of the Christian experience there is always a word that touches the heart, making it leave behind its habits and sense of security, even if they are already religious. It is the beginning of an interior journey that leads to the growth of an awareness of the mystery revealed by God. A little way down the road, Jesus turns around and asks the two who are following him: "What are you looking for?" These are the first words spoken by Jesus in the fourth Gospel, but also the first question posed to whomever draws near to the Gospel: "What are you looking for?", "What are your expectations?" The two disciples are taken aback by his question and respond with another: "Rabbi, where are you staying?" And Jesus says: "Come and see." This is what happened. The Evangelist writes that the two "came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him. It was about four o’clock in that day." To stay at Jesus’ house meant to root themselves in his company, to enter in communion with him. The experience of that encounter changed forever the life of those two men. And whoever followed their example also found that their life had changed. It happened also to Simon, Andrew’s brother. Meeting Jesus, Peter even heard his name change—that is to say, his life: he received the new vocation of being a "rock" for his brothers and sisters. But it is like this for all believers who become "living rocks" of a new strucutre, the Church.


01/04/2011
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