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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

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Isaiah 26,7-9.12.16-19

The path of the Upright One is honesty; you smooth the honest way of the upright. Following the path of your judgements, Yahweh, we set our hopes in you, your name, your memory are all our soul desires. At night my soul longs for you and my spirit within me seeks you out; for when your judgements appear on earth the inhabitants of the world learn what saving justice is. Yahweh, you will grant us peace, having completed all our undertakings for us. Yahweh, in distress they had recourse to you, they expended themselves in prayer, since your punishment was on them. As a pregnant woman near her time of delivery writhes and cries out in her pangs, so have we been, Yahweh, in your eyes: we have been pregnant, we have writhed, but we have given birth only to wind: we have not given salvation to the earth, no inhabitants for the world have been brought to birth. Your dead will come back to life, your corpses will rise again. Wake up and sing, you dwellers in the dust, for your dew will be a radiant dew, but the earth will give birth to the shades.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This song belongs to the section of the Book of Isaiah known as "the Apocalypse of Isaiah" (chapters 24-27). The background against which it is set is probably an episode of severe destruction. Here the author wants to offer a reflection on how God acts in human history: the prophet recognizes that through God’s action in history, through his judgments and the tribulations and failures they experience, men and women learn justice and are corrected. With the words of the psalms, a righteous person turns to God and expresses his desire and his searching in the moment of weakness. Aware that life can only come to him from on high, the righteous person recognizes the futility of his own strength: "We have won no victories on earth, and no one is born to inhabit the world." Nonetheless, this awareness does not lead to resignation or pessimism. The righteous person knows that only the Lord can wake people back to life. That is why he never stops searching for the Lord in the midst of pain and tribulation, knowing that God is like a father who never abandons his children. Amidst the tragedy of a time without peace, we need to look for God once again and let His word shed light on the lives of men and women. Too often in the midst of pain we close in on ourselves and imagine that the Lord is far from us and our concerns. In truth God does not scorn our suffering; He does not let even one drop of the pain of this world, of the suffering of the poor, fall into the void. Rather He understands their anxiety and their pain and quickly comes to their aid. Let us join in the prayer of the prophet, which is the best and most true response to the world’s suffering.

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