“And you are all brothers” (Mt 23:8)[1].

This saying of Jesus is passed on to us by Matthew in a context in which Jesus speaks out against the hypocrisy of those who used religion to gain privileges and glory in the eyes of others. But the value of this logion goes beyond the immediate context. The title of brother/sister underlines the common dignity and fundamental equality of all believers. Brothers are sons in the Son of the same heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:45), called upon to form a universal brotherhood in Christ, the firstborn of many brothers (cf. Rom 8:29).

 

PRAYER TO ASK A FAVOUR
THROUGH THE INTERCESSION
OF VENERABLE BROTHER GABRIEL TABORIN
Lord, you filled the heart
of Brother Gabriel Taborin
with an active faith and an ardent zeal
for the Christian Education of youth
and the help for priests.
Grant us that following his example
we always try to glorify you.
And, if it is your will, glorify your Servant,
giving us by his intercession
the favour that we request: (…)
We ask you this through the merits
of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

[1] Cf. John Paul II, Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata (25 March 1996), 60.