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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of St. Jerome, doctor of the Church, who died in Bethlehem in 420. He translated the Bible into the Latin language. Prayer that the voice of the Scripture may be heard in every language.

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 10, 13-16

'Alas for you, Chorazin! Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

And still, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon at the Judgement than for you.

And as for you, Capernaum, did you want to be raised high as heaven? You shall be flung down to hell.

'Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me, and those who reject me reject the one who sent me.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Gospel passage is inserted into Jesus’ instructions to the seventy-two disciples, which we heard yesterday. Jesus has just exhorted the disciples to go to every city to preach the Gospel. He adds, however, that if one of these does not accept their preaching they should leave it shaking off even the dust which has stuck to their sandals. And at this point Jesus turns directly to Chorazin and Bethsaida, two cities in Galilee, threatening their ruin. These, in fact, notwithstanding the very preaching of Jesus, and the many miracles performed by him during this time, have neither changed their life nor their sinful behaviour. To these he adds Capernaum also, the city he chose as his new residence together with the group of the Twelve. Even though it received this privileged treatment, Capernaum did not correspond the love shown to it, rather it remained deaf and ungrateful, continuing to live in a dissolute and corrupt manner. Instead of being exalted it will sink and be humiliated. These are very hard words which leave an impression. But they manifest the seriousness of the Gospel message. Moreover, Jesus has given his very life in order to communicate salvation. Those who do not accept it, and even reject it, automatically sow their own ruin. Even Tire and Sidon -Jesus says—would have converted when they heard the words and saw the works which were being accomplished in those days. It is a severe exhortation also for us, today. Let the Gospel not be preached in vain. Even today the final words are true: "whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me." Every word preached comes from above. This is a responsibility for those who preach and for those who hear.

Memory of Jesus crucified

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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