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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memorial of Saint Pancratius (†304), who died a martyr for the love of the Gospel when he was 14 years old. Prayer for younger generations so that they may meet the Gospel and the Lord.

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

John 14,1-6

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father's house there are many places to live in; otherwise I would have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you to myself, so that you may be with me where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. Thomas said, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?' Jesus said: I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

After having given the commandment to love to the Apostles, Jesus tells them that he will leave them: “Little children, I am with you only a little longer.” His words are full of immense tenderness. And the disciples, upon hearing him speak this way, become sad. How else could one react to the loss of an essential friend? But Jesus continues to speak to them with comforting words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am.” Jesus is the first one who does not want the bonds of friendship to break. He does not want this so much that he adds: “So that where I am, there you may be also.” For this reason, he goes ahead to prepare a place for each one of us. With these words, he sheds a small glimmer of light on our future. How often do we wonder about the afterlife and ask ourselves what happened to our friends who have already passed on, those who we loved and perhaps those for whom we toiled and suffered! The Gospel does not leave us without an answer for these questions. Rather, as if wanting us to physically touch consolation with our own hands, the Gospel speaks of heaven as a spacious house inhabited by our friends, both those nearby and far away. Jesus himself is the certain path that leads us to them and to that place. In the bond with him lies the guarantee that nothing of our life will be lost: not one thought, not one affectionate deed is done in vain, but everything is gathered and preserved like a precious treasure illuminated by the light of the announcement of life’s victory over death, which we received at Easter. Jesus seems so convinced that the disciples understood the truth about what lies beyond death that he says: “And you know the way to the place where I am going.” In truth, that was not the case, just as it is not the case with us today. Thomas, on behalf of all the others, asks what the way was. And Jesus, once again, explains clearly: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” By remaining united to him we are guaranteed to follow the right path all the way to the Father who is in heaven.

Memory of Jesus crucified

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