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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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

Acts 28,23-29

So they arranged a day with him and a large number of them visited him at his lodgings. He put his case to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them about Jesus, arguing from the Law of Moses and the prophets from early morning until evening; and some were convinced by what he said, while the rest were sceptical. So they disagreed among themselves and, as they went away, Paul had one last thing to say to them, 'How aptly the Holy Spirit spoke when he told your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah: Go and say to this people: Listen and listen but never understand! Look and look but never perceive! This people's heart is torpid, their ears dulled, they have shut their eyes tight, to avoid using their eyes to see, their ears to hear, using their heart to understand, changing their ways and being healed by me. 'You must realise, then, that this salvation of God has been sent to the gentiles;they will listen to it.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The author narrates the second meeting between Paul and the Jews, as if to underline that the apostle Paul, even in Rome, speaks first with the Jews. In effect, a group of Jews that was much more numerous than the first time, came to Paul’s house. And the apostle, Luke notes, announced the Gospel to them “from morning until evening,” presenting a synthesis of the Christian message as described in Pauline preaching—that is, the message about the “kingdom of God” and the things “about Jesus.” Paul wanted to show them that the entirety of Scripture confirms that Jesus is the Messiah. The reaction of those present for Paul’s preaching is not unanimous; some accept it, while others refute it and an internal debate arises. For the apostle, it would have been reasonable for the entire the entire group (or, Israel in its entirety) to accept his preaching of the Gospel. But, this is was not their response. Adhesion of just a part of them is not enough. At this point, Paul recalls the words of condemnation that the Lord addressed to Israel through the prophet Isaiah: the Jews had the chance to listen to the Word, but they did not want to listen. At this point, Paul is completely free, also in Rome, which is also to say free in the whole inhabited world, to address the pagans. Paul does not intend to sanction the opposition between Jews and Christians, but only affirm that at that moment, in the very heart of the empire, the community of Jesus’ disciples is building itself up as a church of nations, stressing the universality of the Gospel message that was also present in the prophetic words of Isaiah, “All flesh shall see the salvation of God”(Lk 3:6).

Memory of Jesus crucified

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 21 January
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 22 January
Memory of the Poor
Tuesday, 23 January
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 24 January
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 25 January
Memory of the Apostles
Friday, 26 January
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 27 January
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 28 January
Liturgy of the Sunday