Prayer for peace

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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

Ephesians 1, 15-23

That is why I, having once heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus, and your love for all God's holy people,

have never failed to thank God for you and to remember you in my prayers.

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him.

May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, how rich is the glory of the heritage he offers among his holy people,

and how extraordinarily great is the power that he has exercised for us believers; this accords with the strength of his power

at work in Christ, the power which he exercised in raising him from the dead and enthroning him at his right hand, in heaven,

far above every principality, ruling force, power or sovereignty, or any other name that can be named, not only in this age but also in the age to come.

He has put all things under his feet, and made him, as he is above all things, the head of the Church;

which is his Body, the fullness of him who is filled, all in all.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul thanks God for the faith of the Ephesians and also for the fraternal love they have for one another. The community of Ephesus, which he especially cares for, is the object of his prayers. For the Ephesians he asks for the gift of the Spirit so that they may be led to a profound understanding of the mystery of God. In fact, only the Spirit guides the hearts of the faithful to intimacy with God. The work of the Spirit, in effect, consists in having the "eyes of your heart enlightened." In other words, it consists in communicating to the faithful that type of knowledge which cannot be derived from natural logic but only from obedience to the Word of God. From this "obedient" relationship with Holy Scripture, the Ephesians can understand "the hope to which he has called you," meaning the extent to which believers can aim. The apostle is aware of the "riches of his glorious inheritance" that are reserved for us. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget or, rather, we do not live by this truth. Paul broadens his gaze to the "saints," that is, to the universal Church of heaven and earth: the angels and the deceased, who already partake of the divine glory, and those to whom we are united in our journey toward the final destination. We are all covered with the power of God, manifested in its fullness through the resurrection of Jesus (v. 20): God has put death under his feet and regenerated the faithful to life. Throughout the history of Israel, the Lord had prepared the resurrection of Jesus, the greatest eschatological act. Following Jesus’ resurrection, God placed him at His right hand where he rules over the cosmic powers. Our culture no longer talks about beings that inhabit heaven, as those who lived in ancient times spontaneously believed Nonetheless, the "rule and authority" and the "power and dominion" that so embitter the lives of many people are still present in our world. Recognizing the supremacy of Christ means giving back to the world its true face of "creation." This in turn aims at welcoming everyone and at giving to humankind the freedom of loving and being loved. The apostle in speaking of the Church as the "body of Christ" means the universal Church. But if Christ is proclaimed Lord of the cosmos and of the Church, only the Church is called his Body; only the Church has a privileged relationship with the Lord. That is, only in the Church is the sovereignty of the Resurrected One clear and effective. Paul, the apostle, defines this relationship as the "pleroma," that is, the fullness. The Church, even with all the limitations of its members, is rich with the fullness of Christ who lives in it.