Liturgy of the Sunday
Woord van god elke dag

Liturgy of the Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time Lees meer

Liturgy of the Sunday
Sunday, January 29

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading

Seek Yahweh, all you humble of the earth, who obey his commands. Seek uprightness, seek humility: you may perhaps find shelter on the Day of Yahweh's anger. But in you I shall leave surviving a humble and lowly people, and those who are left in Israel will take refuge in the name of Yahweh. They will do no wrong, will tell no lies; nor will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths. But they will be able to graze and rest with no one to alarm them.


Psalm 146


How beautiful it is to sing to the Lord.

Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving;
to him our praise is due.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem
and brings back Israel's exiles,

he heals the broken-hearted,
he binds up all their wounds.

He fixes the number of the stars;
he calls each one by its name.

Our Lord is great and almighty;
his wisdom can never be measures.

The Lord raises the lowly;
he humbles the wicked to the dust.

O sing to the Lord, giving thanks;
sing Psalms to our God with the harp.

He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares the rain for the earth,

making mountains sprout with grass
and with plants to serve man's needs.

He provides the beasts with their food
and young ravens that call upon him.

His delight is not in horses
nor his pleasure in warriors' strength.

The Lord delights in those who revere him,
in those who wait for his love.

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 1,26-31

Consider, brothers, how you were called; not many of you are wise by human standards, not many influential, not many from noble families. No, God chose those who by human standards are fools to shame the wise; he chose those who by human standards are weak to shame the strong, those who by human standards are common and contemptible -- indeed those who count for nothing -- to reduce to nothing all those that do count for something, so that no human being might feel boastful before God. It is by him that you exist in Christ Jesus, who for us was made wisdom from God, and saving justice and holiness and redemption. As scripture says: If anyone wants to boast, let him boast of the Lord.

Reading of the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Yesterday I was buried with Christ,
today I rise with you who are risen.
With you I was crucified;
remember me, Lord, in your kingdom.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 5,1-12

Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them: How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance. Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them. Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognised as children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 'Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Yesterday I was buried with Christ,
today I rise with you who are risen.
With you I was crucified;
remember me, Lord, in your kingdom.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia


Matthew notes that, seeing the crowds, Jesus climbs up the mountain and starts speaking with them. Jesus proposes his idea of happiness. Already in the Psalms the believers of Israel have been instructed on the meaning of being blessed: "Blessed is he who hopes in the Lord, blessed is the man that cares for the weak, blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord." This person can call her/himself happy. Jesus continues along this line and announces that blessed are the men and women who are poor in spirit, "blessed" (which does not refer to being actually wealthy, but poor spiritually) and then blessed are those who are merciful, afflicted, meek, hungry for justice, pure of heart and persecuted for righteousness' sake and also those who are insulted and persecuted for the sake of Jesus' name. No one had never heard such words. And to us who listen to them today, these words seem far away from us and our world. They seem totally unreal. Yes, we could even say that they are beautiful words, but certainly impossible. Yet, it is not like that for Jesus. He wants for us a happiness that is true, full, and robust and which can resist the ups and downs of mood, and which is not subject to the rhythms of fashion or the requirements of consumerism. In truth, what is most dear to us is living a better, more tranquil life-and nothing more. In sum, we seek some personal well-being. We do not seek to become truly "blessed." Beatitude has thus become a foreign word that is too much, that is excessive; it is a word so strong and poignant to be too different from our often-insignificant satisfactions. The Gospel page of the Beatitudes pulls us away from a dull life towards one that is full and deeply joyful. The Beatitudes are not too high for us, just as they were not for the people who first heard them. The Beatitudes truly have a human face: that of Jesus. He embodies the Beatitudes for he is poor, meek and the hungry for justice. He is the passionate and the merciful, the one who is persecuted and put to death. Let us look and follow him and we will be blessed.

Woord van god elke dag: de kalender

Het gebed is het hart van het leven van de Gemeenschap van Sant’Egidio. Het is haar eerste “werk”. Aan het einde van de dag komt elke Gemeenschap, of die nu klein of groot is, samen bij de Heer om het Woord te beluisteren en zich tot Hem te richten in het gebed. De leerlingen kunnen niet anders dan aan de voeten van Jezus zitten, zoals Maria van Bethanië, om het “betere deel” te kiezen (Lc 10, 42) en van Hem zijn gezindheid te leren (vgl. Fil 2, 5).

Elke keer dat de Gemeenschap zich tot de Heer richt, maakt ze zich die vraag eigen van de anonieme leerling: “Heer, leer ons bidden!” (Lc 11, 1). En Jezus, meester in het gebed, antwoordt: “Wanneer jullie bidden, zeg dan: Abba, Vader”.

Wanneer we bidden, ook in de geslotenheid van ons eigen hart, zijn we nooit alleen of verweesd. Integendeel, we zijn leden van de familie van de Heer. In het gemeenschappelijk gebed wordt naast het mysterie van het kindschap, ook dat van de broederschap en zusterschap duidelijk.

De Gemeenschappen van Sant’Egidio, verspreid over de wereld, verzamelen zich op de verschillende plaatsen die gekozen zijn voor het gebed en brengen de hoop en het verdriet van de “uitgeputte en hulpeloze mensenmenigte” waarover het Evangelie spreekt (Mt 9, 37) bij de Heer. Deze oude menigte omvat de inwoners van onze hedendaagse steden, de armen die zich bevinden in de marge van het leven, en iedereen die wacht om als dagloner te worden aangenomen (vgl. Mt 20).

Het gemeenschappelijk gebed verzamelt de schreeuw, de hoop, het verlangen naar vrede, genezing, zin en redding, die beleefd worden door de mannen en vrouwen van deze wereld. Het gebed is nooit leeg. Het stijgt onophoudelijk op naar de Heer opdat verdriet verandert in vreugde, wanhoop in blijheid, angst in hoop, eenzaamheid in gemeenschap. En het rijk Gods zal spoedig temidden van de mensen komen.

Woord van god elke dag: de kalender