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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Remembrance of Nunzia, a mentally disabled woman who died in Naples; with her we remember all the mentally disabled people who have fallen asleep in the Lord.

Reading of the Word of God

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

Exodus 40, 16-21.34-38

Moses did this; he did exactly as Yahweh had ordered him.

On the first day of the first month in the second year the Dwelling was erected.

Moses erected the Dwelling. He fixed its sockets, set up its frames, put its crossbars in position and set up its poles.

He spread the tent over the Dwelling and the covering for the tent over that, as Yahweh had ordered Moses.

He took the Testimony and put it in the ark, positioned the shafts on the ark and put the mercy-seat on top of the ark.

He brought the ark into the Dwelling and put the screening curtain in place, screening the ark of the Testimony, as Yahweh had ordered Moses.

The cloud then covered the Tent of Meeting and the glory of Yahweh filled the Dwelling.

Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting, since the cloud stayed over it and the glory of Yahweh filled the Dwelling.

At every stage of their journey, whenever the cloud rose from the Dwelling, the Israelites would resume their march.

If the cloud did not rise, they would not resume their march until the day it did rise.

For Yahweh's cloud stayed over the Dwelling during the daytime and there was fire inside the cloud at night, for the whole House of Israel to see, at every stage of their journey.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

God reveals his presence among the people, a presence that should guide their steps so that they will not get lost, give in the to the temptation of looking to the past, or, in the midst of difficulties, seek the reassuring but false presence of idols. God does not remain far off. He points to a place where people can feel his presence strongly. Moses and Aaron’s sons, like their father, will be anointed and will function as priests. It is not just any place. It is a presence that demands change and purification from evil (the washing). The cloud, the same cloud that we will encounter on Mount Tabor, is the visible manifestation of the greatness of God, the mystery that envelops Him, and of the difficulty of men and women, who, in their great weakness, cannot “see” God. The cloud envelops that place. It is near and yet it is much greater. We must never forget the greatness of God, because only by understanding God’s greatness can we understand the grace and the mystery of His manifestation among humanity. How easily do people in their selfishness reduce everything to their own, limited dimensions. How often to they think they know but in reality remain blind and deaf. The cloud covered the tent of meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses himself could not enter the tent of meeting, because the cloud covered it and the Glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. The Lord Jesus will bring this manifestation and this glory to fulfilment, revealing them fully in his humanity, in which we see and recognize the omnipotence and greatness of God, without ever losing our fear at a love that is enormously greater than our poor humanity.

Memory of the Church