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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memory of Father Aleksandr Men’, Orthodox priest from Moscow, barbarically murdered in 1990. Muslims celebrate the end of the fast of the month of Ramadan (Aid al-Fitr).

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 6,27-38

'But I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.

To anyone who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek as well; to anyone who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic.

Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from someone who takes it.

Treat others as you would like people to treat you.

If you love those who love you, what credit can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them.

And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit can you expect? For even sinners do that much.

And if you lend to those from whom you hope to get money back, what credit can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount.

Instead, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

'Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The evangelist, immediately after the beatitudes, takes up again the essential ideas already proposed by Matthew in the parallel passage in which Jesus proclaims the newness of the kingdom he has come to inaugurate. Leaving aside the "antitheses" employed by Matthew, Luke reports Jesus’ words in a very forthright version. Jesus says: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you." These are clear and direct words, altogether strange to the culture of this world, and this is why they are even ridiculed. How often do we too say: "These are nice statements but certainly not realistic." And yet only in these words can the world find salvation, reasons to stop wars and, above all, an impulse to build peace and a living together among persons and peoples that is lasting. For Jesus there are no longer enemies to hate and combat. For him -and thus for every disciple- there are only brothers and sisters to love, sometimes to correct, and in any case always to help in the path to salvation. The other guidelines which follow all derive from a love that not only does not know reciprocity ("do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return," Jesus says), but that overflows in everything ("If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt," it is written). This is why the Gospel is a radical alternative to the egocentric mentality we all have in common. This otherness can neither be diluted nor watered-down. Jesus further says: "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them." The only reason which justifies such an attitude lies in God himself. God is the first one to act mercifully and with goodwill towards all, even "towards the ungrateful and wicked." Jesus presents to the disciples of all time an ideal which is as high as the heavens: "Be merciful just as your Father is merciful." It is not a moral exhortation; it is a style of life. On this depends our very salvation.

Memory of the Church

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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