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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

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 7, 21-29

'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.

When the day comes many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?"

Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me, all evil doers!

'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!'

Jesus had now finished what he wanted to say, and his teaching made a deep impression on the people

because he taught them with authority, unlike their own scribes.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

These words conclude the Sermon on the Mount, the first great speech made by Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel. We immediately encounter strong words: only those who "do the will of the Father" will be worthy of the kingdom, not just those who invoke the Lord’s name. It is vitally important for us to examine our lives in light of this passage. "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock," while "everyone who...does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand." The example goes on: rains came, the rivers raged, the wind blew, and those two houses were battered. These are the tempests of life that we all experience. The first house, built on the rock, stood firm; the other one, built on the sand, collapsed. Those are two effective images that Jesus uses to compare those who listen to the Gospel to builders. We do not listen to the Gospel as some literary exercise or even to get some good feelings out of it. The Gospel is a word given so we may build our lives on a solid and stable foundation. This is why Jesus bids us to listen to it and put it into practice. The disciple must therefore be nourished by these words every day in order not to build her/his life on her/himself, on arrogance and personal convictions (which are as inconstant and changing as the sand). The Gospel is the rock, the foundation of our lives. It is the word of a teacher who is different from all the other teachers of this world. He teaches with the authority of someone who loves enough to give his life for all.


06/23/2011
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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Thursday, 8 December
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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Sunday, 11 December
Liturgy of the Sunday

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