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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 the sick.


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

Hosea 2,16.17-18.21-22

But look, I am going to seduce her and lead her into the desert and speak to her heart. There I shall give her back her vineyards, and make the Vale of Achor a gateway of hope. There she will respond as when she was young, as on the day when she came up from Egypt. When that day comes- declares Yahweh- you will call me, 'My husband', no more will you call me, 'My Baal'. I shall betroth you to myself for ever, I shall betroth you in uprightness and justice, and faithful love and tenderness. Yes, I shall betroth you to myself in loyalty and in the knowledge of Yahweh.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This week we are accompanied by the Prophet Hosea, a prophet who sings of God’s mercy with particular force. We could say that with Hosea we touch the apex of the revelation of God’s mercy in the Old Testament. We know the story of Hosea’s family, which is narrated in the first three chapters of his book, from which this passage is taken. He is married to Gomer, a woman who continues to practice prostitution. Yet God forces the prophet to keep her as his wife. She represents Israel, which continues to break its covenant with the Lord. And yet the Lord asks Hosea to keep her as his wife to demonstrate his love for Israel despite its betrayal. In this passage we can see the strength of God’s love, who, even though he has been betrayed by his people, continues to court them until he brings them back to the covenant. God had given Israel everything: the earth with its goods ("my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink"), but Israel continued to follow idols, who had become like lovers that held its heart. The words of the prophet certainly accuse the people of having strayed from God and his love. But the Lord does not give up before the forgetfulness of his people or even their betrayal. He tries everything to win back his people’s hearts: he accuses, speaks, tries to dissuade from going to the idols, and takes away the things he had given them as gifts. But everything seems useless because of the pride that makes the people of Israel feel secure and self-sufficient. Until he brings them to the desert. And here, in the place of deprivation and death, God speaks to the heart of his people and helps them rediscover the strength and the sweetness of the love with which they are loved. And once again it is God who takes the initiative, bending down to reach his people; he is the one who renews their covenant of love. When faced with such incredible love - which reached its culmination with Jesus - how can our hearts not be touched to the point of tears


07/04/2016
Prayer for the Sick


Calendar of the week
NOV
27
Sunday, 27 November
Liturgy of the Sunday
NOV
28
Monday, 28 November
Memory of the Poor
NOV
29
Tuesday, 29 November
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
NOV
30
Wednesday, 30 November
Memory of the Apostles
DEC
1
Thursday, 1 December
Memory of the Church
DEC
2
Friday, 2 December
Memory of Jesus crucified
DEC
3
Saturday, 3 December
Sunday Vigil
DEC
4
Sunday, 4 December
Liturgy of the Sunday

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