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The Everyday Prayer

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

Feast of Mary of Mount Carmel

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 11, 25-27

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.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This Gospel passage quotes a prayer that Jesus addressed to His Father: “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent you have revealed them to infants.” Jesus blesses and thanks his Father who has revealed the Gospel of the Kingdom to infants. A small group of men and women who follow him are in front of Jesus. Not many of them are wise and intelligent; most of them are fishermen, low-profile workers, people who do not belong to the upper-class. When any important people approached Jesus (like the wise Nicodemus), they were asked to “be born again,” to be little again; otherwise they could not enter the Kingdom of heaven. The Kingdom, indeed, belongs only to the little ones. The one who is little admits his/her limitations and frailties. He/she realizes a need for God, searches for Him and into His hands puts his existence. The passage, however, does not despise the wise and the learned. In fact, Jesus praises his Father, not because He has hidden the mystery of the Kingdom from the learned, but rather as a warning to those who think as the Scribes and the Pharisees, who are so pompous that they don’t need anyone, not even God. This feeling of self-sufficiency not only remains far from God, but easily turns into contempt for others. On the contrary, the disciple knows that all is from God and from Jesus who has revealed Him. We hardly feel like the wise and the learned mentioned in this passage. We are, practically speaking, wise about our habits, our judgments that prevent us from being amazed. We are so learned that we do not need to listen to anyone, anymore; we believe we can get along without others. Faith is the trust of the little ones who have not understood everything, but who feel powerful because they are loved and they obey Jesus’ words. Definitely, the little ones aren’t those who do not understand, or those who “believe anything.” Only trust, in fact, allows us to see what is otherwise invisible. The wise and the learned have eyes but can’t see, ears but they cannot hear. The closing words of the Gospel passage open the horizon on all believers of all time, including us. We all can be little: this is the way of humility, which really makes us great. Despite our meanness, the Lord chose us to share with Him God’s great dream for this world. The dream is to gather all people around God, to praise Him and live in peace.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 23 October
Memory of the Poor
Tuesday, 24 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 25 October
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 26 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 27 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 28 October
Memory of the Apostles
Sunday, 29 October
Liturgy of the Sunday