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The Everyday Prayer

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

February 7, 1968 commemorates the beginning of the Community of Sant’Egidio. A group of students from a Roman high school started gathering around the Gospel and loving the poor. Thanksgiving to the Lord for the gift of the Community.

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

Matthew 11, 25-30

At that time Jesus exclaimed, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children.

Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do.

Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.

Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Today we remember the anniversary of the Community of Sant’Egidio. Our first words are words of thanksgiving to the Lord. In fact, it is Jesus himself who “blesses” the Father because the Gospel has once again been “revealed to infants.” This is not only true because the Community was born through the work of a young high school student, Andrea Riccardi, but also because one of the Community’s original insights was that we are all “children” of the Gospel, that is, part of those “infants” to whom the very mystery of God has been revealed. In this sense, the Community is a gift that God has given to its members, and, through them, to the Church and the world. At the heart of the Community rests a strong, simple, and basic insight: the call to live out the Gospel, without additions. It is from the Gospel – from continuously listening to the Word of God – that the Community is constantly reborn. The story of Sant’Egidio is not just a story of doing, but a story of prayer, of welcoming the Word of God, and of spiritual life. Jesus’ words of thanks are echoed by us all: “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants.” And through these “infants” the Gospel has spread – in the Community’s case – from Rome to the world, always bringing together prayer and love for the poor. Everywhere it exists, the Community tries to live out a globalisation of love that abolishes boundaries and divisions and creates a great people made up of the poor and the humble, allied in helping each other follow the Lord. Today’s words of thanks are for the great help we have received from the Lord, who has sustained us in our daily struggles, helping us to shoulder a great load of spiritual and material activities and concern for many situations. It is with joy that we have been able to experience the truth in Jesus’ words, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” What might seem like a weight and a burden is instead an experience of sweetness and gentleness for those who believe and love. The era opening before us promises to be full of challenges and responsibilities, but the certainty of the sweetness of the Lord’s help sustains each one of us as we try to live according to the way of the Gospel with trust and love.

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