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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

Glory to God in the highest
and peace on earth to the people he loves.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 1, 35-42

The next day as John stood there again with two of his disciples, Jesus went past,

and John looked towards him and said, 'Look, there is the lamb of God.'

And the two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.

Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, 'What do you want?' They answered, 'Rabbi' -- which means Teacher-'where do you live?'

He replied, 'Come and see'; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour.

One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter.

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and say to him, 'We have found the Messiah' -- which means the Christ-

and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, 'You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas' -- which means Rock.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John the Evangelist continues to tell us about the first steps of Jesus’ public mission that opened with his baptism on the Jordan River. This page describes the conversion of two disciples of the Baptist. Evidently, the extraordinary words of the Baptist that had indicated the Messiah to those present had affected the hearts of two of his followers. In fact, after having left their master, they begin to follow this young prophet of Nazareth. Their story is an example for all believers, even for us, when we open our hearts to the preaching of the Gospel. At the origin of every Christian experience, there is always a word that touches the heart, making it abandon its habits and certainties, even if they are religious. It is the beginning of an inner journey that leads to the knowledge of the mystery of love revealed by God. The two followers of the Baptist begin to follow Jesus. A little way down the road, Jesus turns around and asks them, “What are you looking for?” These are the first words spoken by Jesus in the fourth Gospel, but also the first question posed to whoever draws near the Gospel, “What are you looking for?” “What are your expectations?” The two disciples are taken aback by his question and respond with another, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” And Jesus says, “Come and see.” It is a dialogue that seems almost curt and abrupt. It is marked by two verbs: an invitation and a promise. Jesus does not delay by explaining; his mission does not require long, complex doctrinal explanations. He proposes an experience: “Come and see.” This is what happened. The evangelist writes that the two “came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him. It was about four o’clock on that day.” To stay at the house of Jesus meant to root themselves in his company, to enter into communion with him. The experience changed the lives of Andrew and John forever. Anyone who followed their example found their lives changed. This is what happened to Simon, Andrew’s brother. Upon encountering Jesus, Peter heard his name, that is his life, changed: he received the new vocation to be the “rock” for his brothers and sisters. And this is true for all believers who become “living rocks” of a new building, the Church.

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Calendar of the week
Sunday, 19 November
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 20 November
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 21 November
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 22 November
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 23 November
Memory of the Church
Friday, 24 November
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 25 November
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 26 November
Liturgy of the Sunday