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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome


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.
.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Acts 8,4-8

Once they had scattered, they went from place to place preaching the good news.

And Philip went to a Samaritan town and proclaimed the Christ to them.

The people unanimously welcomed the message Philip preached, because they had heard of the miracles he worked and because they saw them for themselves.

For unclean spirits came shrieking out of many who were possessed, and several paralytics and cripples were cured.

As a result there was great rejoicing in that town.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

After Stephen was killed, the first hostilities broke out against the Christians in Jerusalem. Many Christians had to flee to Samaria in the north. It was a dramatic time in the life of the first community, but at the same time it encouraged expansion into other areas. One could say that the Word of God began to travel the roads of the world even because of persecution. The Lord is truly guiding history and knows how to create good even from evil. Philip, one of the seven deacons, preached the Gospel and his preaching was very effective. Just as the Lord had promised to the disciples, his words were full of miraculous signs: he healed the sick, drove evil spirits out from people’s hearts, consoled those who were afflicted, reconciled those who hated, and brought peace to many who were torn apart by conflicts. Many people came to listen to him. And Philip continued to create the same ambiance of hope and festivity among the people that Jesus had created: preaching the Gospel always creates a new ambiance and a festive atmosphere. Joy is part of the atmosphere of the first Christian community. Luke says explicitly here, too, that "there was great joy in that city." This testimony should question our Christian communities and encourage them to rediscover, live, and demonstrate this dimension of joy that is so central to the witness of the apostolic Church. Christian joy is not a superficial optimism that may hide the complexity and sometimes tragedy of our present time. It springs from the power of the gospel word that in face of the strength of evil continues to work miracles of love and peace.


06/17/2010
Memory of the Church


Calendar of the week
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4
Sunday, 4 December
Liturgy of the Sunday
DEC
5
Monday, 5 December
Prayer for the Sick
DEC
6
Tuesday, 6 December
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
DEC
7
Wednesday, 7 December
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
DEC
8
Thursday, 8 December
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
DEC
9
Friday, 9 December
Memory of Jesus crucified
DEC
10
Saturday, 10 December
Sunday Vigil
DEC
11
Sunday, 11 December
Liturgy of the Sunday

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