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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memory of Saint Leo the Great, bishop of Rome, who led the Church through difficult times.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 17, 20-25

Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was to come, he gave them this answer, 'The coming of the kingdom of God does not admit of observation

and there will be no one to say, "Look, it is here! Look, it is there!" For look, the kingdom of God is among you.'

He said to the disciples, 'A time will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of man and will not see it.

They will say to you, "Look, it is there!" or, "Look, it is here!" Make no move; do not set off in pursuit;

for as the lightning flashing from one part of heaven lights up the other, so will be the Son of man when his Day comes.

But first he is destined to suffer grievously and be rejected by this generation.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Pharisees ask Jesus when the kingdom of God will come. The disciples too had asked a similar question. Everyone in Israel awaited the liberator Messiah. In the time of Jesus this expectation was even more alive, as is shown by the disciples’ insistence in the Gospels. All expected a kingdom similar to that of the earth’s powerful kingdoms. And they had not become aware that the kingdom was already in their midst with that young prophet. Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of God on the earth, but not in such a way as to "draw attention," in other words, not in an imposing and spectacular manner. No one in fact could say "here it is" or "there it is," because it is of a spiritual nature, interior. Not because it is abstract or ethereal, but because it begins with a change of heart. Jesus himself was the "new time" of salvation: with his healing and with his preaching he fought against evil which was therefore increasingly losing ground until its definitive defeat by his death and resurrection. This is why Jesus can say that the kingdom of God "is in your midst," that is, among those who hear and put into practice his word. Participating in the kingdom involves suffering and pain, too, as happened to Jesus himself. In those days - and here Jesus addresses the disciples directly, and no longer the Pharisees - when the trial becomes hard the disciples will want to see "even just one day of the Son of Man," that is, have a little consolation. But there will be none. They should not let themselves be sidetracked however from following the Master in order to follow their own desires or the false idols that from time to time appear on the scene. Jesus warns the disciples to not seek the Messiah "there" or "here." He remains the one Lord and it is him they should follow. The Gospel appears as "lightning" which "flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other"; his proclamation in fact dispels the darkness of the world and unveils Jesus’ face. Blessed are we who let ourselves be dazzled by this saving word and not by other empty chatter.

Memory of the Church

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