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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

Numbers 24,2-7.15-17

Raising his eyes Balaam saw Israel settled tribe by tribe; the spirit of God came on him and he declaimed his poem, as follows: The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of the man with far-seeing eyes, the prophecy of one who hears the words of God. He sees what Shaddai makes him see, receives the divine answer, and his eyes are opened. How fair your tents are, Jacob, how fair your dwellings, Israel, like valleys that stretch afar, like gardens by the banks of a river, like aloes planted by Yahweh, like cedars beside the waters! A hero arises from their stock, he reigns over countless peoples. His king is greater than Agag, and his kingship held in honour. He then declaimed his poem, as follows: The prophecy of Balaam son of Beor, the prophecy of the man with far-seeing eyes, the prophecy of one who hears the words of God, of one who knows the knowledge of the Most High. He sees what Shaddai makes him see, receives the divine answer, and his eyes are opened. I see him -- but not in the present. I perceive him -- but not close at hand: a star is emerging from Jacob, a sceptre is rising from Israel, to strike the brow of Moab, the skulls of all the children of Seth.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Israel is now reaching the end of the road in the desert. But their entrance into the land promised to them by God is hindered by Balak, the king of Moab. He firmly refuses to let the people of Israel pass through his land. And, to make his opposition even more effective, he hires Balaam, a well-known soothsayer from the region of Mesopotamia, to cast spells against Israel and curse them. But the Lord, who is close to the people and guides them with strength, intervenes and transforms this soothsayer - despite himself and the king who hired him - into a prophet for Israel. This passage from the book of Numbers offers several verses from the third and fourth oracles pronounced by Balaam. Despite his name, which means "devourer," and his origin, Balaam receives the spirit of God and reports what he receives from the Lord. The text reads: "one who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High" and "sees the vision of the Almighty." The Lord speaks to his people in every possible way; this time through a man called by the enemy. Balaam, a prophet despite himself, describes the prosperity and fertility of the land that Israel is about to receive. He exclaims: "How fair are your tents, O Jacob, your encampments, O Israel! Like palm groves that stretch far away, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the Lord has planted, like cedar trees beside the waters." And then Balaam looks even further: "a star shall come out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel." With the image of the sceptre and star, this "prophet’ points to the Messiah who will bring salvation to the entire people. In the Christian tradition these words have been referred to Jesus. The liturgy of the Church invites us to meditate on them a few days before Christmas in preparation for welcoming the one who is coming to save the world from sin and death. We could say that the prophecy of Balaam, a prophet despite himself, actually is the cry for salvation that rises from every corner of the earth and from all people, especially those who are most oppressed. This prophecy resounds again today, this time for the entire world: may the world become a garden and may the Lord be the Father of all.


12/14/2015
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