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The Everyday Prayer


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


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Glory to God in the highest
and peace on earth to the people he loves.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 1,35-42

The next day as John stood there again with two of his disciples, Jesus went past, and John looked towards him and said, 'Look, there is the lamb of God.' And the two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, 'What do you want?' They answered, 'Rabbi' -- which means Teacher-'where do you live?' He replied, 'Come and see'; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour. One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and say to him, 'We have found the Messiah' -- which means the Christ- and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, 'You are Simon son of John; you are to be called Cephas' -- which means Rock.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This page of the Gospel describes the conversion of two disciples of the Baptist. Evidently, the words of the Baptist that had indicated the Messiah to those present had affected the hearts of two of his followers. In fact, they begin to follow this young prophet of Nazareth after having left their master. Their story is an example for all believers, even for us, when we open our hearts to the preaching of the Gospel. At the origin of every Christian experience, there is always a word that touches the heart, making it leave behind its habits and certainties, even if they are religious. It is the beginning of an inner journey that leads to the knowledge of the mystery of love revealed by God. The two disciples of the Baptist begin to follow Jesus. A little way down the road, Jesus turns around and asks them, "What are you looking for?" These are the first words spoken by Jesus in the fourth Gospel, but also the first question posed to whomever draws near to the Gospel, "What are you looking for?" "What are your expectations?" The two disciples are taken aback by his question and respond with another, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" And Jesus says, "Come and see." It is a dialogue that seems almost curt, lapidary, marked by two verbs: an invitation and a promise. Jesus does not delay in explaining; his mission does not require long, complex doctrinal explanations. He proposes an experience and asks for a choice, "Come and see." The two "came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him. It was about four o'clock in that day." To stay at Jesus' house meant to root themselves in his company, to enter communion with him. To welcome his dream on the world. The experience of that encounter changed the lives of those two forever. These two were Andrew and John. Anyone who followed their example found their lives changed. It also happened to Simon, Andrew's brother. At the encounter with Jesus, Peter heard his name changed, that is his life: he received the new vocation to be the "rock" for his brothers and sisters. But this is true for all believers who are called to become "living rocks" of a new building, the Church.


01/04/2018
Prayer of the Christmas season


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