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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

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 6, 27-38

'But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.

To anyone who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek as well; to anyone who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic.

Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from someone who takes it.

Treat others as you would like people to treat you.

If you love those who love you, what credit can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them.

And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit can you expect? For even sinners do that much.

And if you lend to those from whom you hope to get money back, what credit can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount.

Instead, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

'Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The evangelist Luke, immediately after the Beatitudes, takes on the essential ideas already proposed by Matthew in the parallel passage in which Jesus proclaims the newness of the kingdom he came to inaugurate. Without repeating the "antithesis" used by Matthew, Luke records the words of Jesus in a very straightforward version. Jesus says: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you." These words are clear and direct, wholly foreign to the culture of this world, and for this, even mocked. How many times do we also say: "These words are beautiful but not realistic." Yet, only in these words can the world find salvation, reasons to stop wars and, above all, drive to build a peace and coexistence that are durable between people and between peoples. For Jesus, there are no more enemies to hate and fight. For him - and then for each disciple - there are only brothers and sisters to love, if anything, to correct, and in any event always to help in the way of salvation. The other following indications are all derived from a love that knows no reciprocity but rather is super-abundant in everything: "Do good and lend, expecting nothing in return," says Jesus and "If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt." For this reason the Gospel is radically alternative to the self-centred mentality shared by all. This otherness can not be either diluted or watered down. Jesus says: "If you love those who love you, what credit is to you? For even sinners love those who love them." The only reason that justifies such an attitude lies in God Himself. God first, in fact, behaves with mercy and kindness to all, even "to the ungrateful and wicked." Jesus calls the disciples of every age to an ideal that is as high as the sky: "Be merciful as your Father is merciful." It is not a moral exhortation, it is a lifestyle. On this depends our own salvation.


09/10/2012
Memory of the Poor


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