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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome


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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

Colossians 3, 18-4,1

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as you should in the Lord.

Husbands, love your wives and do not be sharp with them.

Children, be obedient to your parents always, because that is what will please the Lord.

Parents, do not irritate your children or they will lose heart.

Slaves, be obedient in every way to the people who, according to human reckoning, are your masters; not only when you are under their eye, as if you had only to please human beings, but wholeheartedly, out of respect for the Master.

Whatever your work is, put your heart into it as done for the Lord and not for human beings,

knowing that the Lord will repay you by making you his heirs. It is Christ the Lord that you are serving.

Anyone who does wrong will be repaid in kind. For there is no favouritism.

Masters, make sure that your slaves are given what is upright and fair, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The invitation to extend the newness of the Gospel that is experienced in the Christian community to every aspect of daily life (3:17) leads the apostle to the Gospel to consider the case of the family. At that time, the submission of a wife to her husband was seen as an expression of the natural order. But the apostle adds “in the Lord” to indicate that the first relationship between man and woman is the relationship marked by the love that comes from the Lord, and so submission can be understood as the fruit of each one’s mutual love for the other. Paul enters into the depths of the human being and his or her drive to be in relationship with others. The apostle asks wives to behave toward their husbands in a much more profound way than they would naturally, that is, to behave according to the Gospel, which has made their husbands “brothers” in Christ. Christian fraternity has radically dismantled every type of human hierarchy. Paul demands the same thing from the husband as from the wife. To describe the “new” relationship that should exist between the two, the apostle uses the Greek term “agape”, which refers to the bond of perfection (3:14). Spouses, in fact, should love each other as Christ loves them. And the same thing should happen with children, to whom Paul presents Jesus as a model of obedience. And Paul asks fathers not to be too severe in correcting their children. In summary, we could say that the love of Christ should preside over family relationships. Even slaves, who were part of the family, should follow this Gospel logic. In this case too, the apostle changes social order at its roots without upsetting it: he urges slaves to behave according to the Gospel, that is, to act in fear of the Lord, who gives meaning and value to both the life of the slave and that of his master. Even if they remain in their position, slaves are given that interior freedom that allows them to obey their masters with their “heart.” Slaves should not, however, consider their masters above Jesus, but as brothers in the Gospel. Everyone, whether master or slave, will have to appear before the divine Judge, responsible for his or her life (v. 25). And we will all be judged on our love. This is why masters should not abuse their privileges. They should remember that they also have a Master in heaven who will judge them with justice.


05/23/2013
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