Sunday Vigil

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Memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damien, Syrian martyrs. The tradition remembers them as doctors who took care of the sick for free. Special memory of those who dedicate their lives to the treatment and healing of the sick.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Zechariah 2, 5-9.14-15

Then, raising my eyes, I had a vision. There was a man with a measuring line in his hand.

I asked him, 'Where are you going?' He said, 'To measure Jerusalem, to calculate her width and length.'

And then, while the angel who was talking to me walked away, another angel came out to meet him.

He said to him, 'Run, and tell that young man this, "Jerusalem is to remain unwalled, because of the great number of men and cattle inside.

For I -- Yahweh declares -- shall be a wall of fire all round her and I shall be the Glory within her." '

Sing, rejoice, daughter of Zion, for now I am coming to live among you -Yahweh declares!

And on that day many nations will be converted to Yahweh. Yes, they will become his people, and they will live among you. Then you will know that Yahweh Sabaoth has sent me to you!


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The prophet Zechariah, peer to Haggai, priest linked to Ezekiel, was sent to the people of Israel after Haggai. Zechariah strove to support the people of the Lord --back in Jerusalem from exile in Babylon--with the Word of God. After rebuilding the Temple, with lots of trouble, the people couldn’t overcome their disappointment for the lack of blessings of God for their work. In the first eight chapters there are eight visions of the prophet inspired by the Messiah. The prophet proclaimed the Messiah as a meek and peaceful king who made true the expectations of the poor (9:9), but who would be killed violently (12:10). The page we have just heard reports the third vision of the Prophet, the vision of a new Jerusalem. The prophet sees a city in open country, which for its vastness cannot be surrounded and which will welcome all the ages: "People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country, because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst." God "will be for her an encircling wall of fire to protect the city" (v.9). The main feature of the Heavenly Jerusalem is its boundlessness, its being without walls, like the limitless love of God which doesn’t exclude anyone from His embrace. God himself will live in it: "I am coming to dwell among you." God is indeed its joy, consolation, and protection. The wide, boundless presence of God attracts all the nations. This is a vision of the God’s universal promise, which will be fulfilled with the coming of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. The Gospel of Jesus is essentially the revelation of salvation for all nations and peoples. The prophet Zechariah had already foretold: "Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they shall be his people, and he will dwell among you." This vision of the prophet has already begun and we are part of it. He involved us and continues to send us to the ends of the earth so that others may enjoy His love and salvation.