Memory of the Poor

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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

John 15,26-16,4

When the Paraclete comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness. And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning. I have told you all this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues, and indeed the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing a holy service to God. They will do these things because they have never known either the Father or me. But I have told you all this, so that when the time for it comes you may remember that I told you. I did not tell you this from the beginning, because I was with you;

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus has just warned the disciples of the hatred and persecution they will suffer from the "world" because of his name (Jn 15:18-25). But he wants to reassure them that he will not leave them alone to face opposition and courts. He will accompany and support them so that they will persevere in mutual love and in the witness of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. And this will happen even after his ascension to heaven. And he says to them: "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf." We may think of the events of the Church at the end of the first century, the community of John that was persecuted by both the Jewish authorities and those of the Roman Empire: "They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God." It is a sad story that has repeated from time to time up to the present day. And it is particularly exemplified by the many Christian martyrs of this time by fundamentalists who kill in the very name of God. The Holy Spirit that the Son transmits from the Father to his disciples is the strength that sustains the Church. It is a spiritual force that gathers the disciples, binds them together, makes them good and strong, and sends them everywhere in the world to bear witness to the love of God who saves from evil and frees them from all slavery. For this reason He will always have to face the opposition, even violent opposition, of those who want division to reign among human beings. The Lord does not abandon his own to their fate. The great responsibility for the disciples remains: to communicate the Gospel of love to this world of ours so that it may distance from evil. The disciples are asked to spend their lives on this mission that only they can accomplish. Not in the solitude of their weakness, but in the power of the Spirit that the Father has sent.