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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

Luke 11, 47-54

'Alas for you because you build tombs for the prophets, the people your ancestors killed!

In this way you both witness to what your ancestors did and approve it; they did the killing, you do the building.

'And that is why the Wisdom of God said, "I will send them prophets and apostles; some they will slaughter and persecute,

so that this generation will have to answer for every prophet's blood that has been shed since the foundation of the world,

from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the Temple." Yes, I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it all.

'Alas for you lawyers who have taken away the key of knowledge! You have not gone in yourselves and have prevented others from going in who wanted to.'

When he left there, the scribes and the Pharisees began a furious attack on him and tried to force answers from him on innumerable questions,

lying in wait to catch him out in something he might say.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus continues his polemics against the Pharisees and scribes with his last two invectives. They, not content to impose obligations on others that they do not observe, maintain the same attitude of those Jews who did not listen to the prophets and killed them. In this way, however, they preclude entry into the kingdom both for themselves and for others. They hold the key to religious learning, but they are not able to open the way to God and, what is worse, they shut the door on the humble and weak who seek salvation. This is the most serious accusation. We should all listen carefully to these words of Jesus, beginning with those who have responsibility in the Christian community and elsewhere, well aware that in any case each one is called to be responsible for others. It is a question of the duty some have in regards to the rights of others. In this sense there is a "generational" joint responsibility; no one can say that he or she is not concerned with what happens in the temple in which he or she has come to live. Therefore we too, each one in his or her own way, are jointly responsible for those who are next to us and, in any case, for the increase in love among human beings. Such a responsibility is increased also because of the growth of evil in the world. And perhaps the first way we are responsible consists in not listening to the Word of God and in despising the prophets that the Lord continues to send even today into the world. We, too, will be called to account concerning the prophecy found in Scripture and the prophets that the Lord continues to send to the world. We can risk an even greater guilt than that of the scribes and Pharisees: how many prophets and martyrs in the last century gave witness to the primacy of God to the point of death! And aren’t there some also in our days? We have received the testimony of many witnesses, we have gotten many gifts, we have had loving brothers and sisters who have been good to us. They have opened to us the way of the Gospel of love. The Lord asks us to not remain blocked in concentration on ourselves, but to let ourselves be guided on the way to change our heart.

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