Prayer for the sick

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In the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere we pray for the sick.
Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo (†1584), bishop of Milan.


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

Romans 11,29-36

There is no change of mind on God's part about the gifts he has made or of his choice. Just as you were in the past disobedient to God but now you have been shown mercy, through their disobedience; so in the same way they are disobedient now, so that through the mercy shown to you they too will receive mercy. God has imprisoned all human beings in their own disobedience only to show mercy to them all. How rich and deep are the wisdom and the knowledge of God! We cannot reach to the root of his decisions or his ways. Who has ever known the mind of the Lord? Who has ever been his adviser? Who has given anything to him, so that his presents come only as a debt returned? Everything there is comes from him and is caused by him and exists for him. To him be glory for ever! Amen.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

In this third reflection on the meaning of Israel in the history of salvation, Paul tries to understand what God's plan is for His people. Despite having stated that the true Israel is only that little remnant that has proved faithful to his God by accepting Jesus as the Messiah, Paul poses the problem of those who have not taken this decisive step. Certainly the Lord has not abandoned "his people", says Paul strongly from the beginning. Their refusal of the announcement of salvation is a mystery that arouses in him an intimate suffering. But even before this obstinate refusal which he cannot explain, the apostle is certain that it is not a definitive attitude. Paul sees a mysterious relationship between the people of Israel and the new covenant, which will become visible in a moment not yet known of the history of salvation. The new alliance is linked to the first as the new graft is linked to the old trunk on which it is placed. The believers of the new covenant must not, however, feel proud; on the contrary, they are called to give thanks for having been called to salvation. Paul writes: "I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved." It is a prophetic vision of history that reveals a singular closeness between the ancient Israel and the believers in Christ. In any case, they are asked to recognize the presence of God in human history - Saint John XXIII would say to recognize the "signs of the times" - and take part in it to direct it to His kingdom of love and peace. The Jews remain the people of the promise, from which the man Jesus came out.