Prayer for peace

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The prayer for peace is held in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.


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

Acts 14,5-18

but eventually with the connivance of the authorities a move was made by gentiles as well as Jews to make attacks on them and to stone them. When they came to hear of this, they went off for safety to Lycaonia where, in the towns of Lystra and Derbe and in the surrounding country, they preached the good news. There was a man sitting there who had never walked in his life, because his feet were crippled from birth; he was listening to Paul preaching, and Paul looked at him intently and saw that he had the faith to be cured. Paul said in a loud voice, 'Get to your feet-stand up,' and the cripple jumped up and began to walk. When the crowds saw what Paul had done they shouted in the language of Lycaonia, 'The gods have come down to us in human form.' They addressed Barnabas as Zeus, and since Paul was the principal speaker they called him Hermes. The priests of Zeus-outside-the-Gate, proposing that all the people should offer sacrifice with them, brought garlanded oxen to the gates. When the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening they tore their clothes, and rushed into the crowd, shouting, 'Friends, what do you think you are doing? We are only human beings, mortal like yourselves. We have come with good news to make you turn from these empty idols to the living God who made sky and earth and the sea and all that these hold. In the past he allowed all the nations to go their own way; but even then he did not leave you without evidence of himself in the good things he does for you: he sends you rain from heaven and seasons of fruitfulness; he fills you with food and your hearts with merriment.' With this speech they just managed to prevent the crowd from offering them sacrifice.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul and Barnabas left the city of Iconium to flee the hostility of the people who wanted to stone them. They found shelter in Lystra, a large village where the inhabitants were all pagan. But Paul and Barnabas did not give up proclaiming the Gospel. Among those who listen to their preaching there is also a man who has been crippled from birth. Following the example of Jesus, Paul looks him in the eyes and reads in the depths of his heart a simple but decisive request: the desire to walk. The apostle immediately stops preaching, or better, makes his preaching true and effective. Immediately the apostle stops preaching or better he makes it effective. He turns to the man and says, "Stand upright on your feet!" The words spoken decisively to that weakened man enter into the fibres of his being and raise him up on his feet. The crippled man, Luke notes, "sprang up and began to walk." The proclamation of the Gospel raises people up from their paralysis, strengthens their legs crimpled by love for oneself, and gives them back the dignity of standing "on their feet," no longer slaves to the many evil spirits of this world. Peter had worked the same miracle for the crippled man who sat and begged at the "Beautiful" gate of the temple. And it is something that the disciples of every time can do, when they put their trust in the Word of the Lord. Gregory the Great loved saying: "What is at the root of the righteous if not the proclamation? It is from there that the righteous is born and in it finds support."