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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memory of Mary, Mother of Jesus, sorrowful at the foot of the cross and of al those who live the compassion with those who are crucified, alone and condemned.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 7,31-35

'What comparison, then, can I find for the people of this generation? What are they like?

They are like children shouting to one another while they sit in the market place: We played the pipes for you, and you wouldn't dance; we sang dirges, and you wouldn't cry.

'For John the Baptist has come, not eating bread, not drinking wine, and you say, "He is possessed."

The Son of man has come, eating and drinking, and you say, "Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners."

Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The gospel words express a harsh judgment on the generation who had understood neither the Baptist nor the Son of man. Further on still Jesus will accuse: "You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you and bear with you?" (Luke 9:41) Even Peter, leaving the Cenacle on Pentecost Day, tells those who heard him: "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation" (Acts 2:40). This is not so much assuming a pessimistic posture on Jesus’ or Peter’s part as it is the recognition of the blindness of every generation has in recognizing the "signs of the times," in other words, the signs of God and His salvation written in human history. In our generation at the beginning of this millennium it is easy, even because of a crisis of morals and ideals, to close in on oneself and in one’s own small horizons to the point of being deaf to the words of the Gospel, deaf to the exhortations, to hope. We are essentially so taken up with ourselves and our fears that we are not able to see nothing but that which concerns us. Nothing, therefore, seems right to us. Jesus, distressed, tells his hearers that John came to do penance and was accused of having a demon, while he came eating and drinking and was accused of being a glutton. In short, we like neither this nor that, not one thing or the other. And we assume attitudes of irritation or of cry-babies, but only because we want to defend ourselves at all costs.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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