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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Jeremiah 11,18-20

Yahweh informed me and I knew it; you then revealed their scheming to me. I for my part was like a trustful lamb being led to the slaughterhouse, not knowing the schemes they were plotting against me, 'Let us destroy the tree in its strength, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name may no longer be remembered!' Yahweh Sabaoth, whose judgement is upright, tester of motives and thoughts, I shall see your vengeance on them, for I have revealed my cause to you.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

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

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

While he was still a young man, the prophet Jeremiah was called by God to the task of calling the people to return to the Lord and to obey the law they had received. The prophet makes it clear: "It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds" (v 18). The prophet does not speak from himself, not even from the lofty heights of his thinking. He interprets the condition of the people enlightened by the Lord himself. The denunciation of Israel’s sins and their resulting betrayal of the covenant are part of the prophecy, which reveals to the prophet the things that he in turns must speak aloud. The preaching of the prophet arouses strong opposition. It is the same for Jeremiah as it is for all prophets. Jeremiah is hated by many because of his words, and conspiracies are unleashed against him to put him in prison and drag him to Egypt. Despite all these trials, Jeremiah continues to fulfil his mission, he does not hold back, even if it puts a strain on his faith. He freely and confidently vents his frustrations to God. Oppressed by his own people, an innocent victim, Jeremiah compares himself to a gentle lamb that is led to the slaughter; an image that is also present in the fourth song of the Suffering Servant (Is 53:7) and a reference to the Messiah, who will be persecuted as well. Although he has been brought to his knees by suffering, Jeremiah confidently lays out his case to the Lord. He knows that God is a righteous judge who "tries the heart and mind" (v. 20). He is certain that he will be vindicated in the end, despite the injustices of men and women and wickedness they bring to bear on the prophet. Through the example of Jeremiah, this brief passage helps us understand the story of Jesus, whom we will accompany to the cross in just a few days. In him we see all the prophets of yesterday and today who--despite the opposition of the evil one--continue to witness love and preach peace even at the cost of their lives. Surrounded by so many witnesses let us put ourselves - we who have certainly not resisted to the point of shedding our blood, as is written in the Letter to the Hebrews - on the path of the prophecy of love, in order to bring forth our contribution toward a more just world.

Sunday Vigil

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 15 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 16 October
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 17 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 18 October
Memory of the Apostles
Thursday, 19 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 20 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 21 October
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday