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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

John 14, 1-6

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You trust in God, trust also in me.

In my Father's house there are many places to live in; otherwise I would have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you,

and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you to myself, so that you may be with me where I am.

You know the way to the place where I am going.

Thomas said, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?'

Jesus said: I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

After giving the apostles the commandment of love, Jesus says he will leave them: “Little children, I am with you only a little longer.” These words are full of heavy tenderness. And hearing them, the disciples become sad. Besides, how is it possible to resign oneself to losing such an exceptional friend? How to accept the loss of such a good and strong teacher? Seeing them becoming sad, Jesus continues with words of comfort, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places... And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself.“ Jesus is the first who does not want the ties of friendship to be broken, rather he wants them to last into eternity, so much so that he adds, “So that where I am, there you may be also.” He does not abandon them; he wants them to stay with him forever. He goes ahead to prepare for each of us a place in the great house of the Lord. With these words, Jesus opens for us a little glimmer onto our future. How many times have we asked ourselves about life after death and about what has happened to our departed friends, those whom we have loved and those for whom we have perhaps worked and suffered for! The Gospel does not leave us without an answer to these questions. No, almost wanting us to touch consolation with our hands, the Gospel speaks of the beyond as a large and spacious house, inhabited by our friends, those near and far. A sure path leads us to them and to that place: it is Jesus himself. In the bond with him there is the guarantee that nothing of our lives is lost: not a thought, not a gesture of affection is in vain. Everything instead is gathered and preserved like a precious treasure and illuminated by the proclamation of the victory of life over death which we received at Easter. Jesus seems convinced that the disciples have understood the truth of what is beyond death, so much as to say, “And you know the way to the place where I am going.” But it was not so, just as it is not so for us today. On behalf of all of them Thomas asks which the way is. And Jesus, yet again, expresses himself with clarity: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” To remain united with him is the guarantee of taking the right path to the Father in heaven.

Memory of Jesus crucified