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Memory of Saint Brother Charles of Jesus (Charles de Foucauld), the "universal brother," killed in 1916 in the Algerian desert where he lived in prayer and in fraternity with the Tuareg people.


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

Isaiah 26,1-6

That day, this song will be sung in Judah: 'We have a fortress city, the walls and ramparts provide safety. Open the gates! Let the upright nation come in, the nation that keeps faith! This is the plan decreed: you will guarantee peace, the peace entrusted to you. Trust in Yahweh for ever, for Yahweh is a rock for ever. He has brought low the dwellers on the heights, the lofty citadel; he lays it low, brings it to the ground, flings it down in the dust. It will be trodden under foot, by the feet of the needy, the steps of the weak.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The prophet who sings the city built by the Lord, exhorts its inhabitants to keep the gates of our cities - and of our hearts - always open. In this perspective Pope Francis continues to urge us to welcome those who flee from their lands that are devastated by war and hunger. The city is the place of welcome, of the peaceful coexistence among all. It is where the poor should find an adequate place to live. The city is by definition plural and peaceful. The prophecy of Jerusalem, the city that welcomes all, even to the weakest, opposes the city that does not dispute rather favours inequalities. The prophet writes that the Lord, "has brought low the inhabitants of the height; the lofty city he lays low. He lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust." A city that allows the distance between the rich and the poor grow is a city that God will overthrow. The words pf the prophet are an invitation also to today's cities to overturn the too normal habit to discard the weak, marginalize the poor and keep foreigners distant. If not they will be overthrown and cast to the dust. But the Lord who protects the poor and the oppressed will give them the land as inheritance: "But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight in abundant prosperity" (Ps 37:11).