Memory of Jesus crucified

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Remembrance of St. Therese of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun with a deep sense of mission of the Church.

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

Revelation 1,9-11

I, John, your brother and partner in hardships, in the kingdom and in perseverance in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos on account of the Word of God and of witness to Jesus;

it was the Lord's Day and I was in ecstasy, and I heard a loud voice behind me, like the sound of a trumpet, saying,

'Write down in a book all that you see, and send it to the seven churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John is on Patmos, a small island in the Aegean Sea. He presents himself as an ordinary Christian, one of the many disciples who find themselves in prison because of the Word of God. Tradition says that he was exiled to the island during the persecution under Domitian as a way of keeping him away from his communities. The "revelation" took place on the "Lord’s day" (this is the only time this term is used to describe Sunday in the New Testament). The reference is rich in meaning. It was on that day that he was "in the spirit." Is this not what happens every Sunday to each of Jesus’ disciples when they gather together with the community to celebrate the Holy Eucharistic Liturgy? Each time we gather in the Sunday Eucharist, we are freed from the weight of our sad and squalid habits and transported into the world of God and his love. The Holy Eucharist is the experience of meeting the risen Jesus, as happened for the two disciples of Emmaus, not a ritual for us to participate in more or less tiredly. Those who let themselves be involved and even enveloped by the holy liturgy experience its profound energy, which reaches the heart. During the celebration, like John, we too can leave behind the daily bustle and hear a "loud voice:" the Word of God that is spoken to us from on high, from the pulpit. And in order to be heard, the Word certainly demands that we "turn to see," that is, that we turn our gaze away from our habits, our fixations, our convictions, our security, our pride, and our selfish attitudes. If we turn towards the Word, we will hear true and holy words about our lives and about the life of all communities. In fact, we could add the names of the many Christian communities spread throughout the world to those named by John. There are seven names, but only one Church, as an ancient Father said: "Consider the seven Churches as the one Church" (Victorinus of Petau).