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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memorial of Mary Salome, the mother of James and John, who followed the Lord to the cross and placed him in the tomb. Memorial of St. John Paul II

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

Luke 12, 39-48

You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house.

You too must stand ready, because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.'

Peter said, 'Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?'

The Lord replied, 'Who, then, is the wise and trustworthy steward whom the master will place over his household to give them at the proper time their allowance of food?

Blessed that servant if his master's arrival finds him doing exactly that.

I tell you truly, he will put him in charge of everything that he owns.

But if the servant says to himself, "My master is taking his time coming," and sets about beating the menservants and the servant-girls, and eating and drinking and getting drunk,

his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful.

'The servant who knows what his master wants, but has got nothing ready and done nothing in accord with those wishes, will be given a great many strokes of the lash.

The one who did not know, but has acted in such a way that he deserves a beating, will be given fewer strokes. When someone is given a great deal, a great deal will be demanded of that person; when someone is entrusted with a great deal, of that person even more will be expected.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus invites us again to live our lives in wait for a new future: “Be ready” he says to his disciples. From this Gospel passage we see a man different from the rich man who was surprised by death while he was thinking of what to do with his possessions. Disciples do not spend their days looking to increase their wealth but live their lives waiting for the Lord and his kingdom. The Gospel makes this perspective clear to us in the parable of the steward who was made head of household after the departure of the master. Thinking that the master would be late in coming, the steward sets to beating the servants and eating and drinking to excess. At first, this scene seems exaggerated yet in truth, it paints a picture that is all too frequent. Underneath it all, the many injustices and millions of little evil gestures that make life difficult for everyone hide this wide-spread attitude of the steward. The idea is that we can behave like little masters of the lives of others with the quite myopic thought that we do not have to answer to anyone. People think that they are allowed to do anything, such as wreak violence, wage wars and abuse power because the horizon of their lives ends with themselves. This is why today’s Gospel passage tells us to stay awake: “Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives.” Those who wait for someone else stay awake, as well as those who understand that life does not end within the borders of one’s interests or within what one can or cannot do, or the limits one creates with one’s own thoughts, body or feelings. We are called to bear witness in the world in which we live that every day is nourished by waiting and hoping and that each of our lives is a gift, a talent for which we will have to give account. It is written, “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” We have been given a lot as Christians: we have been given the Church as mother and teacher, the family where everyday the Lord nourishes us, brings us to life and communicates his Spirit to us. Indeed, “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” In thinking of vigilance, many saints have said, “I ought to live every day as if it were the last one.” If everyone lived every day as if it were the last one, our lives would resonate differently. They would be more human, more beautiful, fuller, richer, more true and less anxious and desperate. In brief, there life would be more abundant.

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