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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

Jeremiah 14, 1-16

The word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah on the occasion of the drought.

'Judah is in mourning, her towns are pining, sinking to the ground; a cry goes up from Jerusalem.

The nobles send their servants for water, they come to the water-tanks, find no water, and return with their pitchers empty. Dismayed and bewildered, they cover their heads.

Because the soil is all cracked since the country has had no rain; the farmers are dismayed, they cover their heads.

Even the doe in the countryside giving birth abandons her young, for there is no grass;

the wild donkeys standing on the bare heights gasp for air like jackals: their eyes grow dim for lack of pasture.'

Although our sins witness against us, Yahweh, for your name's sake, intervene! Yes, our acts of infidelity have been many, we have sinned against you!

Yahweh, hope of Israel, its Saviour in time of distress, why are you like a stranger in this country, like a traveller staying only for one night?

Why are you like someone bemused, like a warrior who has no power to rescue? And yet, Yahweh, you are among us, we are called by your name. Do not desert us!

Yahweh says this about this people, 'They take such pleasure in darting hither and thither, they cannot restrain their feet! But Yahweh takes pleasure in them no longer; now he will keep their guilt in mind and punish their sins.'

Yahweh then said to me, 'Do not intercede for this people or their welfare.

If they fast, I will not listen to their plea; if they offer burnt offerings and cereal offerings I will not accept them. Rather, I shall make an end of them by sword, famine and plague.'

'Ah, Lord Yahweh,' I answered, 'here are the prophets telling them, "You will not see the sword, famine will not touch you; I promise you true peace in this place." '

Then Yahweh said to me, 'The prophets are prophesying lies in my name; I have not sent them, I gave them no orders, I never spoke to them. Delusive visions, hollow predictions, daydreams of their own, that is what they prophesy to you.

Therefore, Yahweh says this: The prophets who prophesy in my name when I have not sent them, and tell you there will be no sword or famine in this country, these same prophets will meet their end by sword and famine.

And as for the people to whom they prophesy, they will be tossed into the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and the sword, with not a soul to bury them: neither them nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters. I shall pour their own wickedness down on them.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The prophet is speaking at a difficult time for his people. A severe drought has resulted in famine and death, and the people are broken, confused and dismayed: “Judah mourns and her gates languish; they lie in gloom on the ground, and the cry of Jerusalem goes up.” The Word of God not only helps us deeply understand what happens in history, but it also places on our lips the words of prayer. In the midst of difficulty and pain, the people of Israel raise a prayer to God, asking him not to abandon them. In the words of Jeremiah echo the words of many of the psalms, where sick, suffering, or persecuted people invoke the power of God, who saves: “The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of perdition assailed me; the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears” (Psalm 18:5-7). In its anguish, Israel recognizes its unfaithfulness and sin, even if this knowledge is contradictory. God rebukes his people for having wandered far from him. We too wander, losing our way. The Lord says that he will no longer listen to the prayers of people who only follow themselves (“I do not hear their cry”) while listening to the reassuring words of the false prophets, who attempt to keep evil hidden (“The prophets are prophesying lies in my name; I did not send them”). We should not keep evil hidden, but rather listen more closely to find the answers we seek. From this awareness comes an even stronger awareness that only God can help and save. In fact, God is not indifferent to the prayers of his people: “Yet you, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not forsake us!”


08/05/2013
Prayer for the Sick


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