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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

In the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere the Community of Sant’Egidio prays for peace.

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

Proverbs 3,27-35

Refuse no kindness to those who have a right to it, if it is in your power to perform it. Do not say to your neighbour, 'Go away! Come another time! I will give it you tomorrow,' if you can do it now. Do not plot harm against your neighbour who is living unsuspecting beside you. Do not pick a groundless quarrel with anyone who has done you no harm. Do not envy the man of violence, never model your conduct on his; for the wilful wrong-doer is abhorrent to Yahweh, who confides only in the honest. Yahweh's curse lies on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright. He mocks those who mock, but accords his favour to the humble. Glory is the portion of the wise, all that fools inherit is contempt.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Today the liturgy presents us with a passage taken from the book of Proverbs, which contains a broad collection of the wisdom of Israel. The text opens with the appellation "my child," as if to remind us of the one condition in which we can obtain salvation. The first part describes the happy consequences of holding fast to wisdom: security, serenity, sweet sleep, the absence of fear. Indeed, "The Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught." In the second part (v. 27-35) the text first enters into the merits of relationships with one’s neighbour. It first invites the reader to respond generously to requests for help: "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbour, ‘Go, and come again; tomorrow I will give it’—when you have it with you." Next comes a series of invitations related to life together: do not plan evil against those who live near you and trust, do not quarrel, do not envy the violent person because of his or her success. Those who follow God’s counsel have nothing to fear, because God hates evil and the wicked will not prosper. Consequently, we should live with goodness and generosity, without letting ourselves be overwhelmed by envy and jealousy. The friendship of the Lord is for the righteous and "to the humble he shows favour." The themes of violence and arrogance often return in Proverbs and are contrasted with goodness and humility. The daily temptation is to respond to violence with violence, as our society conditions us to do, imagining that victory is found in imposing ourselves on others. But we know that "All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted." Wisdom teaches humility and the ability to relate to others with kindness and generosity, because only in giving can we find joy and peace of heart.

Prayer for peace

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