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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 Kings 3,4-13

The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, since that was the principal high place -- Solomon presented a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon Yahweh appeared to Solomon in a dream during the night. God said, 'Ask what you would like me to give you.' Solomon replied, 'You showed most faithful love to your servant David, my father, when he lived his life before you in faithfulness and uprightness and integrity of heart; you have continued this most faithful love to him by allowing a son of his to sit on his throne today. Now, Yahweh my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership. And here is your servant, surrounded with your people whom you have chosen, a people so numerous that its number cannot be counted or reckoned. So give your servant a heart to understand how to govern your people, how to discern between good and evil, for how could one otherwise govern such a great people as yours?' It pleased Yahweh that Solomon should have asked for this. 'Since you have asked for this,' God said, 'and not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as no one has had before and no one will have after you. What you have not asked I shall give you too: such riches and glory as no other king can match.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

One day Solomon went to the sanctuary of Gibeon to offer sacrifices and there received a revelation in a dream: God invited him to ask what he wanted as a gift. Solomon thinks he is too young to be able to govern a great nation, therefore he asks for the gift of wisdom: "Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?" It is not insignificant at all that Solomon offered this prayer to the Lord. . All should address it to the Lord, because each of us must be able to choose between good and evil. But even more so must those make this who are called to govern families, religious and political communities, peoples and nations. In this prayer is found the dimension of humility that it is essential to prevent imposing on others and oppressing them with one’s arrogance. God was pleased with this prayer for it was not a request addressed to Solomon’s own wellbeing but to that of others, that is, to recognize and pursue the common good of all. It is a prayer that emphasized the spirit with which everyone entrusted with some responsibilities needs to face them. And the answer of the Lord - because of the generosity shown by Solomon - goes far beyond what was requested. "Indeed - says the Lord to Solomon - I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honour all your life; no other king shall compare with you." The Lord manifests limitless generosity to those who trust in him. Jesus’ words to his disciples come to mind: "Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well" (Mt 6:33). And he adds: "If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life," that is, lengthen your days, or if you will, the happiness of your days depends on walking in the ways of the Lord.

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