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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

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Luke 11, 29-32

The crowds got even bigger and he addressed them, 'This is an evil generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah.

For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of man be a sign to this generation.

On Judgement Day the Queen of the South will stand up against the people of this generation and be their condemnation, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, look, there is something greater than Solomon here.

On Judgement Day the men of Nineveh will appear against this generation and be its condemnation, because when Jonah preached they repented; and, look, there is something greater than Jonah here.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Jesus is surrounded by many people needing true words to be saved from fears and anguishes. Still, today, many people search for safety and security, an obviously legitimate search. But it is often carried on by unreasonable or even completely wrong means. For instance, blaming the poor and those alone to be the causes of insecurity or discomfort is a mistake. There are causes and they should be searched for carefully. Maybe – though realizing it is not easy -- insecurity is rooted in the radical loneliness of us all. Yes, we are alone, we feel we are not loved; therefore a sense of being lost surrounds us inside and out. This deep loneliness is exacerbated by a wicked instinct that leads each of us to think only about ourselves and not to look at others. Moreover, it is true that today large cities - like the great Nineveh - have made life more difficult for everyone. Life has become tougher and more violent, especially for the poorest. Not infrequently the convulsive rhythms of our cities are a source of physical and mental imbalances, poverty and marginalization, despair and anguish. For this it is easy to think that some outside force or something miraculous can give us security. Hence the search for a “sign” of something that in an almost magical way may free us from anxiety. But there are no magical escapes or esoteric paths to follow. In truth, the streets and squares of our cities need to be again visited by the preaching of the Gospel, as Jonah who preached repentance and conversion to Nineveh. And the Gospel is much more precious than Salomon’s wisdom and much stronger than Jonah’s preaching. The Gospel is the true power we have in our hands to humanize our cities, to give a heart to the drought of life that generates conflicts and violence, to defeat evil with good. We Christians have the great responsibility of communicating and of living the Gospel so that our cities may be saved from despair and from violence, so that our generation may be preserved from selfishness. Selfishness leads us to take refuge in comforting rituals and practices, which are not the real answer to the need for salvation and love of everyone.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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