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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Martha who welcomed the Lord at home.


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

Jeremiah 10, 17-25

Pick up your pack from the ground, you the besieged!

For Yahweh says this, 'Now I shall throw out the inhabitants of the country, this time, and bring distress on them, so that they may find me!'

Disaster is on me! What a wound! My injury is incurable! And I used to think, 'If this is the worst, I can bear it!'

But now my tent is destroyed, all my ropes are snapped, my sons have left me and are no more; no one is left to put my tent up again or to hang the side-cloths.

The shepherds are the ones who have been stupid: they have not searched for Yahweh. This is why they have not prospered and why their whole flock has been dispersed.

Listen! A terrible noise! A mighty uproar from the land of the north to reduce the towns of Judah to desert, to a lair for jackals!

I know, Yahweh, no one's course is in his control, nor is it in anyone's power, as he goes his way, to guide his own steps.

Correct me, Yahweh, but with moderation, not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing.

Pour out your anger on the nations who do not acknowledge you, and on the families that do not call on your name, for they have devoured Jacob, have devoured and made an end of him and reduced his home to desolation.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

“Woe is me because of my hurt! My wound is severe. But I said, ‘Truly this is my punishment, and I must bear it.’” In these words spoken by the people of a devastated city, we can hear the echo of all the pain and bitterness of that time and of the many people in the world who are gripped by war today. Will they be able to bear their pain? Will it be possible to heal their wounds? Every time we open the Bible, we cannot but help ask this question, because the word of God helps us to face the suffering of humanity. Sometimes there truly are not enough shepherds: there are not enough people concerned about this pain: “For the shepherds are stupid, and do not inquire of the Lord; therefore they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered.” There are not enough good Samaritans who know how to bend down over the wounds of those who suffer. On top of all of this, there is the confusion and uncertainty of this time of crisis. Many people feel “that the way of human beings is not in their control,” and others “cannot direct their steps.” The world has become difficult for many people, especially the poor, who are often left to their own devices, like “sheep without a shepherd.” Who will take care of them? We turn to the Lord for help: “Correct me, O Lord, but in just measure; not in your anger, or you will bring me to nothing.” The reaction of a person of faith is not to complain or blame others, but first to call on the Lord for help and to make him or herself available to work for a more just world. The word of the Lord “corrects” our laziness and our resignation. The word tells us that change is possible, and it starts with us. We are all called to be better, to change ourselves in order to change the world.


07/29/2013
Memory of the Poor


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