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The Everyday Prayer

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

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Sirach 51, 12c-20b

When I was still a youth, before I went travelling, in my prayers I asked outright for wisdom.

Outside the sanctuary I would pray for her, and to the last I shall continue to seek her.

From her blossoming to the ripening of her grape my heart has taken its delight in her. My foot has pursued a straight path, I have sought her ever since my youth.

By bowing my ear a little, I have received her, and have found much instruction.

Thanks to her I have advanced; glory be to him who has given me wisdom!

For I was determined to put her into practice, have earnestly pursued the good, and shall not be put to shame.

My soul has fought to possess her, I have been scrupulous in keeping the Law; I have stretched out my hands to heaven and bewailed how little I knew of her;

I have directed my soul towards her, and in purity I have found her; having my heart fixed on her from the outset, I shall never be deserted;


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The purpose of life is the pursuit of wisdom. And listening to the Scripture is the practical way to find it. Scripture, read and applied to life, meditated on and lived, is the fountain from which we can draw the water that will gush forth for [or with] eternal life. It is not possible to live without listening to the Word of the Lord. This is the experience of the wise man, who understands the gravity, but also the joys, of his days. In fact, wisdom is not something that we can acquire once and for all, but is the act of following the Lord faithfully. Even the disciples from Emmaus walked aimlessly, far from Jerusalem, until Jesus had helped them understand the meaning of Scripture. We must flee from the temptation of thinking we already know Scripture. Scripture must be welcomed and listened to every day, as if it were spiritual bread for our hearts and lives. True wisdom therefore is to listen to the Word of God every day, beginning with the Gospel. In the conclusion of the book of Sirach, the wise man says, "To him who gives wisdom I will give glory" (v. 22). Praising God is the truest way to give thanks for the gift that we have received. After a life's journey, the wise person contemplates everything that has happened and realizes that the Word has guided him or her from the beginning of the road. This was possible because the wise person "resolved to seek wisdom in prayer" (v. 18). To find wisdom, we must pray. This is the true secret of the person who decides to come out to the periphery of existence. Those who pray for wisdom will be able to undertake a journey that will follow many roads, but which will always have, in the Word, the water of eternal life. Wisdom will accompany them. The Word is "a lamp to [their] feet" (Ps 119:105). ?

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