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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Prayer for the unity of the Churches. Particular memory of the ancient eastern Churches (Siro-orthodox, Coptic, Armenian, Assyrian).

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

Mark 3, 7-12

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lakeside, and great crowds from Galilee followed him. From Judaea,

and from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea and Transjordan and the region of Tyre and Sidon, great numbers who had heard of all he was doing came to him.

And he asked his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, to keep him from being crushed.

For he had cured so many that all who were afflicted in any way were crowding forward to touch him.

And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down before him and shout, 'You are the Son of God!'

But he warned them strongly not to make him known.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Seeing the Pharisees’ stubbornness, Jesus leaves Capernaum and its synagogue in order to be able to speak more freely to the crowds that continue to gather around him. From now on he will not enter the synagogues anymore, as he had done until that moment, and he chooses the lake shore and other open spaces as a teaching place for his followers. And the more the Pharisees attacked Jesus, the more people were going to him. Indeed the crowds are often the protagonists of the Gospel. In any city or region Jesus goes, by now, crowds throng around and surround him. As in this passage, many come from all regions. They are often so intrusive that Jesus has to go on a boat in order not to be crushed. All throw themselves on him to touch him, as if they want to unload on him their pain and hopes. Besides, to whom could they go without being rejected? They know well that they will meet a good and merciful man who will never reject them. They come with the load of their questions, problems, difficulties, hopes, fears and anguishes. And they become even intrusive, as is bound to happen. The requests of those who are in need are always intruding. On the contrary, we would like everything to happen according to our rhythms in order to guarantee our quiet and order. This is why we would like the poor to be as they are not, that is all abstractly good, ordered, honest, respectful and so on. Jesus knows well how the poor are and he knows well that we are also narrow-minded. And yet he does not send anyone away, not even us. He sets out on a boat in order not to be overcome. It is a scene that is striking for it strength. Perhaps we should ask ourselves: where do crowds today, who are even more numerous than those of Jesus’ time, go so that they may "touch" Jesus? Shouldn’t our Christian communities be the body of Jesus that the poor and the weak can reach and "touch"? This is even more necessary as the barriers that try to prevent the crowds of the poor, especially from the southern parts of the world, even from brushing the frontiers of the rich countries, seem to grow.

Memory of the Church

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