change language
you are in: home - prayer - the everyday prayer newslettercontact uslink

Support the Community


The Everyday Prayer

printable version

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

Reading of the Word of God

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

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

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

John 4,43-54

When the two days were over Jesus left for Galilee. He himself had declared that a prophet is not honoured in his own home town. On his arrival the Galileans received him well, having seen all that he had done at Jerusalem during the festival which they too had attended. He went again to Cana in Galilee, where he had changed the water into wine. And there was a royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum; hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and asked him to come and cure his son, as he was at the point of death. Jesus said to him, 'Unless you see signs and portents you will not believe!' 'Sir,' answered the official, 'come down before my child dies.' 'Go home,' said Jesus, 'your son will live.' The man believed what Jesus had said and went on his way home; and while he was still on the way his servants met him with the news that his boy was alive. He asked them when the boy had begun to recover. They replied, 'The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.' The father realised that this was exactly the time when Jesus had said, 'Your son will live'; and he and all his household believed. This new sign, the second, Jesus performed on his return from Judaea to Galilee.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

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

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Today begins the fourth week of Lent and in the readings of the Holy Liturgy Jesus is presented as the Lord of life. We read the words of Isaiah: “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; …No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred shall be considered accursed” (Is 65:17-21). The prophet was foretelling the days of the Messiah, the days of Jesus. The evangelist presents the new heaven and the new earth, where the Lord of life conquers death. The Gospel of John, which will accompany us until the end of Lent, shows us Jesus returning to Galilee, his region, in spite of having previously said that nobody is a prophet in his own land. In fact, the evangelist expands the meaning of this phrase by extending it to the whole of humanity. Jesus did not come for the Jews only (that is his land), that is for the people of Israel, but for all men and women regardless of their culture, race, or faith. Indeed faith does not depend on human privileges or earthly characteristics, but on men and women entrusting their hearts to Jesus and his Gospel. That is what happened to this official in Capernaum. He confides in Jesus not because he saw signs or miracles, but because he believed in his words; he believed what Jesus told him about his sick son. The evangelist notes that “as he was going down,” the healing took place. That is to say, it was a miracle that occurred at a distance. This royal official offers an example of the perfect disciple. The evangelist paints the portrait with one sentence: “The man believed the words that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way.” We could say that the disciples of Jesus do not need to do anything else but imitate the official, who believed even before he saw his son healed. He was not a member of the people of Israel, nor did he attend their synagogues. Yet, he welcomed Jesus’ words without hesitation and went on his way. Because of his faith, his son was given back to him healed. Together with this official, let us continue on our path towards Easter and experience the healing force of the Gospel.

Memory of the Poor

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 14 January
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 15 January
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 16 January
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 17 January
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 18 January
Memory of the Church
Friday, 19 January
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 20 January
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 21 January
Liturgy of the Sunday