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The Everyday Prayer

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

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 14, 27-31

Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

You heard me say: I am going away and shall return. If you loved me you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

I have told you this now, before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe.

I shall not talk to you much longer, because the prince of this world is on his way. He has no power over me,

but the world must recognise that I love the Father and that I act just as the Father commanded. Come now, let us go.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This Gospel passage opens with Jesus’ gift of peace to his disciples: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you." Jesus understands well that after three years of intense friendship it will be difficult and painful for the disciples to be separated from him. He has already promised them the gift of the Spirit, who "will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you." And now he gives them his peace, the messianic peace that contains within itself all of God’s blessings. It is not just any ordinary peace, but the one Jesus himself lives, which is born from intimacy with the Father, from the certainty that we are not alone, and from the confidence that God’s support and consolation will never fail. It is an inheritance that only the disciples have and that they need to testify to the world. Jesus urges them not to be afraid, not to be troubled. He repeats the words that he has already spoken to them: "I am going away, and I am coming to you." And he adds that they should even be happy that he is going to the Father. These words seem difficult to understand. How can they be happy knowing that their dearest friend, the one who saved them from a meaningless life, is going away? In truth, Jesus wants to prepare them for the mystery of his Easter and his ascension into heaven. Being at the "right hand of the Father" does not mean being far away; indeed the Lord will be closer to them, wherever they will be, and will never leave anyone alone. The disciples will scatter to communicate the Gospel along the roads of the world, but He will accompany them everywhere. The prince of Evil, the devil, will certainly work to break the bond of love that exists between Jesus and his friends. But even if Jesus’ death is a work of Evil, it is more a choice made by the Son, who gives his life to save everyone because of love. Jesus’ physical departure is not the result of a betrayal, like the departures to which we are accustomed. How many bonds break, how many separations occur among men and women! Jesus’ "departure" to go the Father is a sign of a greater love, the Son’s love for the Father in heaven: "I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father." It is on this path of obedience to God that the disciples will discover the permanence of love.

Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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