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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

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 21, 29-33

And he told them a parable, 'Look at the fig tree and indeed every tree.

As soon as you see them bud, you can see for yourselves that summer is now near.

So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near.

In truth I tell you, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place.

Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Gospel passage we just listened to is part of the last pericope of the eschatological discourse of Luke’s Gospel. In a certain way it binds us to Jesus’ thoughts for whom the “last days” are nearing. He is aware of this and prepares to live those days leading to the fulfilment of the Father’s will. He does not fail to warn his disciples so that they too may be aware of the times they must face. We could say that in the complexity of our world, torn by conflicts, wars, injustice, sickness, hunger and so many other tragedies, Jesus warns us too, not to be taken by fear and withdraw into ourselves, with the consequence of resigning ourselves to the power of evil. Jesus came to save us from every slavery, including resignation to evil. With his presence the new era of freedom from evil and the establishment of salvation have begun. He is the dawn of a new world: his life, his love, his miracles, his resurrection are those little buds that show the new springtime of the world. For this reason he exhorts his disciples: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” Reading the Gospel and contemplating Jesus’ work, we know that the new world has already begun—Jesus’ world. And watching too, so many signs of love, even as small as buds, which take place in our time, we realize that the new future is already present—that future outlined in the Gospel, which Jesus continues to ripen and cultivate. Where love grows, where forgiveness is shown, where mercy grows, where dialogue is practiced and where peace is established--there are the blossoms of the kingdom of God. Yes, the kingdom of God is already among us, as Jesus repeated many times to his disciples. And today he repeats it to us too. He invites us to open our eyes and become aware of these signs of a new world, watching them not only exteriorly. Each of us is called to make these signs of love grow in our own hearts and lives. From the heart blossoms will flow. In this perspective in which the heart is united to history, we hasten the full coming of his kingdom. Jesus guarantees that his words are solid, more solid than heaven and earth. The Gospel of love, in fact, is the true rock, the true base on which to build one’s life and the life of the entire world.

Memory of Jesus crucified

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