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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
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 21, 5-11

When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, he said,

'All these things you are staring at now -- the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another; everything will be destroyed.'

And they put to him this question, 'Master,' they said, 'when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that it is about to take place?'

But he said, 'Take care not to be deceived, because many will come using my name and saying, "I am the one" and "The time is near at hand." Refuse to join them.

And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be terrified, for this is something that must happen first, but the end will not come at once.'

Then he said to them, 'Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines in various places; there will be terrifying events and great signs from heaven.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

We are in the last week of the liturgical year. And the Holy Liturgy offers us this passage that begins Jesus’ sermon on the end-times (generally called the eschatological sermon). Truly, Luke, with Matthew and Mark, wants to communicate to us what they realized being in close contact with Jesus, that the last days have started with the very coming of the prophet of Nazareth. In this sense, we should not put off the moment of conversion to the Gospel until the end of the time, or wait for the right moment that will never arrive. The moment in which we should believe the Gospel has already come, it is this moment. We should not waste it because of our uncertainties and procrastinations. Jesus says clearly that the guarantee for future and salvation is not in the magnificent building of the temple; it is not in our human buildings, even religious ones, but only in full trust in Him, that is faith. Faith is not simply adhering to abstract truths. Faith is falling in love with Jesus, to be overwhelmed by his love, and to be involved in his project of love. This faith full of love is the true rock on which we can edify the present and future of our lives. Therefore it is necessary to be on guard against the false prophets, those outside us (like the fashions and habits of this world) but also to those who hide in the hearts of each of us (our habits, pride, and love for self). The only teacher for our lives is the Lord Jesus and the only prophecy is the Gospel. It is the strength of the Gospel that allows us not to resign to evil. How many times do we hear that the world has always moved in this direction and nothing can be done! Indeed it is true that there are still peoples who fight one another, or tragedies that strike people and continue to cause victims. Or even other terrifying acts (let us think of terrorism...). And yet, facing a world that is not able to give itself peace, the Lord asks us to be workers of peace with him and witnesses of hope. Faith means to walk with Jesus so that peace may reign in the hearts of men and women.

Memory of the Poor

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