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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memory of Father Aleksandr Men’, Orthodox priest from Moscow, barbarically murdered in 1990.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 6, 39-42

He also told them a parable, 'Can one blind person guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit?

Disciple is not superior to teacher; but fully trained disciple will be like teacher.

Why do you observe the splinter in your brother's eye and never notice the great log in your own?

How can you say to your brother, "Brother, let me take out that splinter in your eye," when you cannot see the great log in your own? Hypocrite! Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter in your brother's eye.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The reading of Jesus’ discourse to the disciples, which began with the "beatitudes," continues. Today’s passage and the one we will hear tomorrow form a unity in which Jesus expounds a series of truths of human and spiritual wisdom which he hands on to the disciples of yesterday and today. And he uses the language of parables so that everyone can understand them in a concrete way and thus be inspired and guided in their conduct. Jesus uses the image of a blind person who is unable to guide another blind person. With this image, he calls everyone, and particularly those who are responsible as guides, to have their eyes opened to the Gospel, to be attentive to their interior lives and to look around at what is good and beautiful. Otherwise, one will remain blind and will be incapable of helping anyone. The accusation against the Pharisees that they are blind guides incapable of guiding anyone is clearly evident. But the teaching is addressed to everyone: whoever is blind, in other words, those who let themselves be guided only by their own narrow-mindedness or pride and who concentrate only on themselves fall into the behaviour branded by the Gospel. Jesus then reminds us that no disciple should think of becoming superior to the teacher. This means that each disciple, even when he or she has progressed in wisdom, should be careful not to fall into the temptation of believing that they do not need to hear the Gospel. If anything, the disciple should become Gospel-like, in order to "be like his teacher." This is exactly what the apostle says: "It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me" (Gal 2:20). If we allow ourselves to be led by our pride we will fall into the hypocrisy of being intent on the specks in others’ eyes without heeding the logs which distort our own eyes. It is the old vice of being indulgent with oneself and severe with others. The Gospel asks us to take on a new attitude, that of love, not judgment. Love opens the eyes of the heart to see, to be moved and to go to meet others with mercy. This requires real specific work on one’s interior life, an ascesis over one’s own instincts, perseverance in listening to the Word of God, and a strong bond with the community of sisters and brothers.

Memory of Jesus crucified