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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

In the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere the Community of Sant’Egidio prays for peace.


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

James 3,13-18

Anyone who is wise or understanding among you should from a good life give evidence of deeds done in the gentleness of wisdom. But if at heart you have the bitterness of jealousy, or selfish ambition, do not be boastful or hide the truth with lies; this is not the wisdom that comes from above, but earthly, human and devilish. Wherever there are jealousy and ambition, there are also disharmony and wickedness of every kind; whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it is also peaceable, kindly and considerate; it is full of mercy and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. The peace sown by peacemakers brings a harvest of justice.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

"Who is wise and understanding among you?" The Word of God, always questions those who listen to it, even if this is not always done explicitly as James does when he invites his readers to examine themselves concerning their wisdom and their behaviour. True wisdom and honest intelligence are measured by one’s actions. Especially those with responsibility in government must demonstrate wisdom in all they do without the security coming from their role. James insists: it is not "fleshly" wisdom that makes individual and communal life beautiful and well ordered. That sort of wisdom is rooted in the "devilish" spirit; it divides brothers and sisters because it is founded on jealousy and bickering. "Envy and selfish ambition" often animate our society and sometimes even ecclesial realities. The Venerable Bede writes, "Paul himself says, ‘those who are unspiritual, do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit’ (1 Cor 2:14). Wisdom that is contentious and proud is rightly called earthly, animal, and devilish, because as long as the soul seeks earthly glory it is devoid of spiritual grace and thinks only of the things that have come to it naturally ever since the original sin." The "wisdom that comes from above," from God, is different. It urges the believer to do God’s loving will, and it seeks not to exalt itself, but only to fulfil the words of the Gospel. James enumerates seven characteristics of wisdom according to God: it is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. The first characteristic, pure, which is also re-proposed at the end by "without hypocrisy" here, signifies honesty towards others and opposes falseness that causes so much evil. The rest of the adjectives describes a way of living with others characterized by sincerity and love. We could remember the hymn to love in chapter thirteen of the first letter to the Corinthians. Only in this way can we live the true peace that produces justice. In conclusion, Christians are wise when they imitate Jesus who is humble and gentle of heart. How many times we seek the right answers or the ability to evaluate life deeply! James helps us ask for the wisdom that comes from above, which remains incomprehensible to the wise of this world and is revealed to the simple because it is the wisdom of the heart. The Apostle Paul following the same orientation exhorts the Corinthians, "If you think you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God" (1 Cor 3:18-19).


05/16/2016
Prayer for peace


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