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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

Jeremiah 18,1-6

The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh as follows, 'Get up and make your way down to the potter's house, and there I shall tell you what I have to say.' So I went down to the potter's house; and there he was, working at the wheel. But the vessel he was making came out wrong, as may happen with clay when a potter is at work. So he began again and shaped it into another vessel, as he thought fit. Then the word of Yahweh came to me as follows, 'House of Israel, can I not do to you what this potter does? Yahweh demands. Yes, like clay in the potter's hand, so you are in mine, House of Israel.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

"Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand." These words recall humanity’s creation. The Lord sculpted the first person out of clay and breathed the spirit of life into him. And the person became a living being (Gen 2:7). We must never forget that the eternal condition of every man and every woman is marked by the fact that we were all made from dust. But God does not despise the dust that is humanity; on the contrary, He values it. God is like a potter. He continues to shape each one of us, giving us the spirit of life so that we can grow in his "image." The Lord does not despise our poverty or our fragility. He never stops bending down over us and He continually works on us to make us grow as His children, His witnesses. As Paul says, we are truly "earthen vessels." However, through his Word, the Lord continues put the breath of life into our hearts, the breath of his Holy Spirit. That original breath was not given once and for all: it is given to us by the Lord every day to sustain us on the journey to the fullness of life. Jeremiah reminds us of the great responsibility we have to choose to follow the Lord. Those who follow the way of the Lord and not "the stubbornness" of their heart will find a blessing. How sad it is to continue to follow ourselves and listen to ourselves after all the love and forgiveness we have received from the Lord! And yet it is the greatest love that can be had on earth. As if challenging them to love him, the Lord says to his people: "Ask among the nations: Who has heard the like of this?... But my people have forgotten me… they have stumbled in their ways, in the ancient roads." In life we often go backwards, because if we do not listen we do not stay as we are, we go back, we get worse. That is what happens when we forget what we have received and go back to following our own, personal paths. Then we can understand the prophet’s prayer, which asks for God’s help because of the struggles of his vocation. Let us ask the Lord for strength to continue to communicate the power of his love and forgiveness.

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