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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo (+1584), bishop of Milan.


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

Philippians 3,17-4,1

Brothers, be united in imitating me. Keep your eyes fixed on those who act according to the example you have from me. For there are so many people of whom I have often warned you, and now I warn you again with tears in my eyes, who behave like the enemies of Christ's cross. They are destined to be lost; their god is the stomach; they glory in what they should think shameful, since their minds are set on earthly things. But our homeland is in heaven and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transfigure the wretched body of ours into the mould of his glorious body, through the working of the power which he has, even to bring all things under his mastery. So then, my brothers and dear friends whom I miss so much, my joy and my crown, hold firm in the Lord, dear friends.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle does not hesitate to offer himself, his humanity and spirit, as a model for the Christians of Philippi to imitate amid the confusion and temptations of the community. How easy it is to let the logic of the world enter the community. Pope Benedict called this logic dirt. Pope Francis pointed to it as worldly temptations. Letting these temptations enter inhibits the community from living mercifully, for the world does not have love for the miseries of others— but only judges, compares and seeks personal interests. Paul’s love for the community brings him to tears. We should never forget how our attitudes can make our brothers and sisters suffer. Paul is full of passion because he is not indifferent; he is a true brother and does not want to lose anyone who has been entrusted to him. He is truly a shepherd who loves and defends his sheep from that terrible wolf: the mentality of the world, a mentality of living for ourselves. His love is not superficial, accepting everything with indifference. He clarifies that living as an enemy of the free love of the cross leads to perdition, because it ends up in making a god of the belly, in boasting about what we should be ashamed of, namely, of being intent on earthly things. Consumerism insinuates itself among the brothers and sisters. If it is not opposed, it drains the community. Our country is in heaven. Whoever seeks heaven knows how to truly live on earth, because he or she does not remain a prisoner of earth, but knows how to see on earth things invisible, things which give meaning to everything and which do not render us prisoners of idols. We experience Jesus’ transfiguration now already if we choose the way of love, above all if we allow ourselves to be reached by the apostle’s passion that helps us understand the small yet grand complicity with the logic of the world, a logic which has nothing to do with the limitless love of Jesus.


11/04/2016
Memory of Jesus crucified


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Prayer for peace
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Memory of the Apostles
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Memory of Jesus crucified
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