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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

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 17, 26-37

'As it was in Noah's day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of man.

People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the Flood came and destroyed them all.

It will be the same as it was in Lot's day: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,

but the day Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and it destroyed them all.

It will be the same when the day comes for the Son of man to be revealed.

'When that Day comes, no one on the housetop, with his possessions in the house, must come down to collect them, nor must anyone in the fields turn back.

Remember Lot's wife.

Anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it; and anyone who loses it will keep it safe.

I tell you, on that night, when two are in one bed, one will be taken, the other left;

when two women are grinding corn together, one will be taken, the other left.'

The disciples spoke up and asked, 'Where, Lord?' He said, 'Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus continues to speak to the Pharisees who have questioned him about the kingdom of God, which he speaks of as an unforeseen happening which takes one by surprise. He therefore exhorts everyone to be prepared without wasting time. With two examples from the Old Testament, the punishment of the flood and the destruction of Sodom, Jesus gives notice that one should not resign oneself to evil, not enclose oneself in one’s own egocentrism, not live a banal life without meaning, full only of one’s own ego and satisfactions. Those who are focused on themselves will not be able to welcome the day of the coming of the Son of Man. This is why it is good for the disciple not to have a heart satisfied with himself and with his own issues, as if there were nothing to look forward to or to change. The flood, says Jesus, and the fire from heaven, came unexpectedly and no one could escape because, precisely, each one was focused on him or herself. Jesus puts the disciples on guard because "on that day" and "on that night" one must be vigilant. And watchfulness means freedom from attachment to things and to one’s own traditions. Yes, detachment from the world, from "stuff," is an essential condition for being able to receive in one’s heart the kingdom of God which comes. And detachment applies also to that which we regard as our greatest good: our life. Jesus says: "Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it." What does he mean? Luke the evangelist has already reported these words, adding "for my sake" (9:24). What Jesus is asking the disciple to do is to spend his or her life, one’s whole life, for the Gospel. It is in this way that we can keep it and live, even make it grow. If we remain with the Lord we harvest. On the other hand, the one who remains alone with himself, who spends his own life only for himself, scatters and harvests nothing. When the day that is set comes - Jesus again says — membership will not count, but only having chosen Jesus. In fact, even if two are in the same bed or working together, one will be taken to heaven and the other to hell. Everything depends on the heart, on what we have directed it toward. On that day the disciples, as happens with the vultures that go where prey is, will gather around the Lord to receive salvation.

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