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The Everyday Prayer

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

Remembrance of Saint Therese of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun with a deep sense of mission of the Church.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Job 42,1-3.5-6.12-16

This was the answer Job gave to Yahweh: I know that you are all-powerful: what you conceive, you can perform. I was the man who misrepresented your intentions with my ignorant words. You have told me about great works that I cannot understand, about marvels which are beyond me, of which I know nothing. Before, I knew you only by hearsay but now, having seen you with my own eyes, I retract what I have said, and repent in dust and ashes. Yahweh blessed Job's latter condition even more than his former one. He came to own fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand she-donkeys. He had seven sons and three daughters; his first daughter he called 'Turtledove', the second 'Cassia' and the third 'Mascara'. Throughout the land there were no women as beautiful as the daughters of Job. And their father gave them inheritance rights like their brothers. After this, Job lived for another one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and his children's children to the fourth generation.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The enigma of the book is finally solved: Job meets with God personally. He understands that nothing is impossible with God. This is the recognition of a man of faith who relies on God’s love even in difficult times, when everything seems impossible. This is why Job acknowledges that he dared to deal with things that exceeded his capacity, that he could not understand. For who can understand the divine mystery without listening to God’s word? Job spoke at length, but now he understands that God is not far away and that his prayer should give room to God’s presence and word. "I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you," says Job. Many times we know God by the hearing of the ear or we claim to know Him because we have heard of Him since childhood, or perhaps because we have an idea of Him by what we heard. But who knows the God of the Bible? We can know God only when we meet Him. He is a person who comes to meet each one, who talks to everyone, who listens to whoever turns to Him. He is not a God who is known by hearsay. Job and his friends had engaged in a theological debate about God and his righteousness. Job now meets him, sees God next to him, not distant anymore as distant is one with whom we want to have a discussion. The central question of the Bible is how to meet God. The very biblical pages are the best place for this meeting to happen. The meeting will be fulfilled with the Lord Jesus. He will say: "Who has seen me has seen the Father." The book of Job ends as it opened. Job’s friends appear again and God rebukes them "for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has." These words create some confusion, because God rebuked Job also for what he had said. But in the end God takes Job’s side and accuses his friends of sin. Why? God challenges the theology of Job’s friends, who had appealed to retributive justice, according to which only a sinner could have undergone all the mishaps Job incurred. In His final response to Job’s friends God himself questions their theology, which left them answerless and which they repeated without any reflection. We should never assume that our thinking is absolutely right, especially when we refer to the Lord. Let God speak to us through the Church and let us learn to discern His thoughts. Unlike his friends, Job never gave in to resignation even in his greatest suffering; he never accepted that God would not answer his prayer. There is an unfathomable mystery, before which no one can claim to have understood everything. This is why in the end Job was ready to accept the divine word and manifestation, and to understand that he had not been left alone in suffering and trial. Job’s restitution to his initial condition is the sign of God’s blessing for every man and woman who continually turns to Him and does not lose hope in the benevolent presence of the Lord.

Sunday Vigil

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 23 October
Memory of the Poor
Tuesday, 24 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 25 October
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 26 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 27 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 28 October
Memory of the Apostles
Sunday, 29 October
Liturgy of the Sunday