Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 11, 25-27

At that time Jesus exclaimed, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children.

Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do.

Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus has just reproached the lack of welcome of the cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida where he had preached the Gospel and performed prodigious acts. His disappointment is evident. He then, perhaps, looks at that little group of disciples who followed and listened to him. He has chosen them, has called them one by one, has taught them, protected them, he knows their limitations. He knows very well that among them there are not many who are powerful and intelligent. Rather, for the most part, they are fishermen or persons of an extraction which is not high. And at this point, from his heart, comes out a prayer of thanksgiving, immediate and strong: "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants." Jesus blesses and thanks the Father because he has made the Gospel of the Kingdom known to the "little ones," i.e., the disciples, while he has kept it hidden from the learned and the intelligent. The latter are not those who seek the truth, those who with sincerity of heart question and make an effort so that their life is good. On the contrary, they are those who, like the Pharisees and the scribes, no longer seek the truth because they think they already possess it. Rather, they confuse it with their personal certainties, with their pride, with their "ego." This prayer puts us on guard so that we too don’t fall into Pharisaic self-sufficiency. And this happens when we are so puffed up and full of ourselves that we have need of no one, not even God. This feeling of self-sufficiency not only distances us from God, but also easily becomes disdain of others. The disciple, on the other hand, knows that everything comes from God and from Jesus, who has revealed it. These Gospel words free us from fear of limitations, from sin, and open us to receiving God’s love, his forgiveness, his friendship. Faith operates at the level of welcoming the Word of Jesus and trusting abandonment to the Father. In this sense the conclusion of the prayer is evident: "All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him" (27). Jesus situates himself as the exegete, i.e., he who explains the Father to the disciples, who reveals the secret of the communion which unites them so deeply. The disciples, precisely as such because they are "bound" to the Son, also enter themselves into communion with the Father. It is the mystery of love, which by way of the encounter with Jesus, involves everyone who entrust themselves to him.