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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Martin Luther King, killed on April, 4th 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. With him we remember all those who hunger and thirst for justice.

Reading of the Word of God

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

John 4, 43-54

When the two days were over Jesus left for Galilee.

He himself had declared that a prophet is not honoured in his own home town.

On his arrival the Galileans received him well, having seen all that he had done at Jerusalem during the festival which they too had attended.

He went again to Cana in Galilee, where he had changed the water into wine. And there was a royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum;

hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and asked him to come and cure his son, as he was at the point of death.

Jesus said to him, 'Unless you see signs and portents you will not believe!'

'Sir,' answered the official, 'come down before my child dies.'

'Go home,' said Jesus, 'your son will live.' The man believed what Jesus had said and went on his way home;

and while he was still on the way his servants met him with the news that his boy was alive.

He asked them when the boy had begun to recover. They replied, 'The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.'

The father realised that this was exactly the time when Jesus had said, 'Your son will live'; and he and all his household believed.

This new sign, the second, Jesus performed on his return from Judaea to Galilee.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Today begins the fourth week of Lent and the readings of Holy Scripture present us with Jesus as the Lord of life. They report the words of the prophet Isaiah: "For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth... No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed" (65:17-20)". The prophet foretold the days of the Messiah, those of Jesus. And the evangelist describes the new heavens and earth where the Lord of life conquers death. The Gospel of John, the reading of which will accompany us all the way to the end of Lent, shows us Jesus, who returned to Galilee, in his region. The evangelist, in truth, widens the meaning of this (saying) and extends it to the entirety of humanity: Jesus did not just come for the Jews, his own country, but for all men and women, whatever culture, race, or faith they belong to. Faith does not depend on human privileges or earthly characteristics but on the heart’s devotion to Jesus and the Gospel. And this is what happens with the official from Capernaum. He does not trust in Jesus because he has seen any particular signs or miracles, but because he believed in his word, that is, in what he had told him about his sick son. In fact, the evangelist notes that the healing happened, "as he was going down." This is to say that Jesus performed a kind of long-distance miracle. This royal official is the example of the perfect disciple. The evangelist describes this man’s faith in one sentence: "The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way." We could say that the only thing Jesus’ disciples have to do is copy to the letter what the official did, who believed even before seeing that his son was healed. He was not a member of the people of Israel and he did not go to the synagogue, but he did accept Jesus’ words without a moment’s hesitation and then start on his way. Because of his faith his son was given back to him healed. Together with the official from Capernaum let us continue our journey toward Easter so as to experience for ourselves the healing power of the Gospel.

Prayer for the Sick

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Memory of the Mother of the Lord
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Memory of the Apostles
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Memory of the Church
Friday, 20 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 21 October
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