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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Saints Cosmas and Damien, Syrian martyrs. The tradition remembers them as doctors who took care of the sick for free. Special memory of those who dedicate their lives to the treatment and healing of the sick.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 9, 46-50

An argument started between them about which of them was the greatest.

Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and he took a little child whom he set by his side

and then he said to them, 'Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me. The least among you all is the one who is the greatest.'

John spoke up. 'Master,' he said, 'we saw someone driving out devils in your name, and because he is not with us we tried to stop him.'

But Jesus said to him, 'You must not stop him: anyone who is not against you is for you.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus has just spoken, for the second time, of what is waiting for him in Jerusalem. But the disciples have not understood Jesus’ words. Not because they were not clear, but because their minds were occupied with other things than those which stirred Jesus’ mind. The passage we have heard shows us what the disciples’ concerns were: Jesus is anguished by the death which awaits him and the disciples area arguing about who is greatest among them. It is a discussion which well shows the distance between their concerns and those of the Master. We could say that the disciples, as well as ourselves, are fully children of this world and the mentality of competitiveness that regulates relationships among people. It is a habit which sticks to each generation. It is the legacy of the first sin: the disobedience to God of Adam and Eve led to division between them and to mutual accusations. And so Jesus came to overturn these criteria which continue to poison relations between human beings. To make sure that the disciples understand his perspective, he takes a child and sets him at his side, as if to identify himself with the child, and says: "Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest." In the kingdom of heaven and therefore in the community of Jesus’ disciples, great is the one who becomes the least, that is a child of the Gospel, one who recognizes his or her own weakness, and trusts totally in the Lord. Whoever lives with a child’s trust, feeling that he or she is a child of God, knows how to hear his Word, has the very thought of God and knows how to recognize those things which come from God. This is why -according to the words Jesus said—the disciple knows the good wherever it is taking place, even if the one doing it is not one of the disciples. To John and to every Christian who wants to not appreciate or worse to impede to doing of what’s good because it does not belong to the circle of disciples, Jesus repeats: "Do not stop him; for whoever is not against you is for you." It is a great wisdom teaching, but also a human lesson, which makes Jesus’ disciples able to recognize the activity of the Spirit in human history.

Memory of the Poor

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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