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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memory of Gigi, a child from Naples who was killed by violence. With him we remember all the children who suffer and who die because of human violence. Prayer for all children.

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 7,19-23

sent them to the Lord to ask, 'Are you the one who is to come, or are we to expect someone else?' When the men reached Jesus they said, 'John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, "Are you the one who is to come or are we to expect someone else?" ' At that very time he cured many people of diseases and afflictions and of evil spirits, and gave the gift of sight to many who were blind. Then he gave the messengers their answer, 'Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind see again, the lame walk, those suffering from virulent skin-diseases are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, the good news is proclaimed to the poor; and blessed is anyone who does not find me a cause of falling.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Church’s liturgy continues these days to unsettle our laziness and superficiality so that we can prepare to receive the Christmas mystery in our lives. The surrounding atmosphere is not favourable to reflecting on the deep meaning of Christmas. Easily it is precisely the "Christmas atmosphere" which risks taking us far away from the mystery of God who chose the poverty and weakness of the human condition to save us. The Gospel, as if to make a contrast with the slavery of our banal distractions, presents us with John the Baptist already in prison. And yet, even in jail he continues to await the Messiah who will deliver everyone. He does not resign to his chains, he does not stop waiting and hoping, he does not let himself get drowsy in the flabby and superficial climate of the world. He sends his own to Jesus to ask him: "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" John believes in God’s promises and, in a certain way, wants to hasten them. Jesus’ reply evokes a passage dear to Scriptures where what happens when the Messiah arrives is described: "The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them." John understands that this prophecy has come true with Jesus and perhaps he can repeat in his heart the same prayer Simeon made when he took the Child in his arms: "Now Lord you can let your servant go in peace, because my eyes have seen your salvation." We who today hear this Gospel word are reminded of the signs that indicate God’s presence in human events: to serve the sick and weak, to give back sight to the one who doesn’t see and strength to those who can’t walk and to announce the Gospel to the poor. How should we wait for Christmas? How should we announce it to the world? How can we indicate to ourselves and to others that the Lord has come to visit us? The only way that remains is that shown by Jesus to John’s disciples: the concrete witness of the Gospel of love. Christmas time is a favourable occasion for us too to live this page of the Gospel.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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