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The Everyday Prayer


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

Memorial of Saint Ambrose († 397), bishop of Milan. Pastor of his people, a defender of the poor and the weak against any oppression, he remained strong in defending the Church from the emperor's arrogance.


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.
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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 7,21.24-27

'It is not anyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. 'Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock. But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus was about to conclude the "sermon on the mountain." What weight should be given to those words? In effect, we often continue on past the words of the Gospel, we welcome them but we think they are abstract, or we consider them beautiful but impossible to welcome as they are. And here Jesus clearly warns his listeners that those words are fundamental, in the literal meaning of the term, that is, the new life is founded on them. Those words are the truth, the substance, and the most solid reality to live on. In a world that is more and more fluid, at the mercy of individualistic feelings, these words are the true rock on which we can build the way for all. And Jesus proposes two images of how to welcome his word. They should not just be heard, but put into practice: "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock," while "everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand." The example continues: the rains come; the rivers flood; the wind blows down on both houses. Jesus is talking about the storms of life: the temptations that assault us; the difficulties that come our way; the problems that press on us; and so on. The house built on rock - that is, a life marked by faithfulness to the Gospel and to love - stands firm, whereas the other house, built on sand, inevitably crumbles. But what is sand, if not that countless number of vices, faults, and instincts that often make our lives empty and banal? Only if we know how to welcome the words of the Gospel with faith can we build our lives and those of our brothers and sisters on a stable foundation. Every day, the Lord invites us to be nourished by the words of the Gospel to build our lives not on ourselves or our arrogance, which are as inconsistent and changing as the sand, but on the Word of God, the true rock and foundation of our existence.


12/07/2017
Memory of the Church


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