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The Everyday Prayer

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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

Luke 8, 19-21

His mother and his brothers came looking for him, but they could not get to him because of the crowd.

He was told, 'Your mother and brothers are standing outside and want to see you.'

But he said in answer, 'My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke the evangelist places this episode right after the parable of the sower and of the lamp which must show its light. This is not by accident. He wants to underline how central hearing the Word of God is in the life of the Church and of every Christian community. His family is made up of those who hear him and try to put his word into practice. Luke tells us that Jesus’ relatives, perhaps to take him away from the life he had undertaken which resulted in not a few inconveniences even to the whole kindred, decide to seek him out perhaps to dissuade him or in any case to stop his activity. When they arrive in the place where Jesus was, they find him surrounded by so many crowds that they cannot get close to him. They tell a bystander to go and tell the young rabbi that his mother and his brothers are outside waiting for him. It is not without meaning that the evangelist notes that the relatives remained "outside" with respect to those who were "inside" listening to that Teacher. Jesus, notified of his relatives’ presence, answers that his true family is made up of those who are around him and listen to him. Anyone who is "outside," even if related by blood, is not part of his family. The Gospel creates a new family, not made up by natural bonds, but joined by the stronger bonds that are fruit of the action of the Spirit. Being part of this family requires listening to the Gospel and the commitment to put it into practice. And Mary, Jesus’ mother, is the example for all. She had been the first to believe the Word of God communicated by the angel, as Luke recounts: "Behold, let it be unto me as you have said." And Elizabeth, knowing Mary had this attitude, pronounced over her the first beatitude of the Gospel: "and blessed is the one who believed in the fulfilment of the words of the Lord." Mary remains the first of the believers, the example that each disciple should follow in "keeping" in his or her own heart all that has to do with Jesus.

Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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