EVERYDAY PRAYER

The prayer for unity of Christians begins. Particular memory of the Catholic Church.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.
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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Mark 3,7-12

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lakeside, and great crowds from Galilee followed him. From Judaea, and from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea and Transjordan and the region of Tyre and Sidon, great numbers who had heard of all he was doing came to him. And he asked his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, to keep him from being crushed. For he had cured so many that all who were afflicted in any way were crowding forward to touch him. And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw him, would fall down before him and shout, 'You are the Son of God!' But he warned them strongly not to make him known.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Having seen the hostility of the Pharisees, Jesus left Capernaum and its synagogue to go to the crowds who willingly listened to him. Jesus, in whatever city or region he is, is always surrounded by crowds who throng around him. Many people come from all regions, as this passage remembers. They, like all the crowds, even those of today, are intrusive. They physically need to see, meet, touch someone who understands them, and helps them. That's why they continue to press: they want to get closer, touch and relieve all their pain, all their hopes on that good man. Moreover, to whom could they go without being rejected? They know well that they will find in Jesus a good and compassionate man who will never reject them. Jesus' availability does not mean giving up on his ministry. He decides to board a boat to get off a shoreline and be able to see everyone. And he starts talking to that crowd. It is a scene that is striking for its strength. That boat becomes a new pulpit for Jesus. And how can we not see in it the image of the Church? We must then seriously ask ourselves: where today's crowds, more numerous than those of then, can "touch" Jesus? Where can the many who carry the luggage of their pain and hopes be healed and consoled? Shouldn't our Christian communities today be the body of Jesus that the poor and the weak can reach and "touch"? It is a near neighbouring Church that our world needs. Today even more than yesterday. In fact, the barriers posed by those who are fine, be they individuals or even nations, seem to grow; barriers that intend to prevent the crowds of the poor, especially those of the South of the world, even just lapping the frontiers. How different from the idea a pressure that will crush nations! Barriers - sometimes made of bricks and often prejudices - are inspired by those "impure spirits" spoken by the evangelist, who want to prevent Jesus' words from reaching the heart of those who listen to it. The Gospel shows us how much Jesus' power is stronger than that of such spirits. The Lord gives the disciples the same power so that they can continue his mission of salvation everywhere.