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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

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Titus 1, 1-4

From Paul, servant of God, an apostle of Jesus Christ to bring those whom God has chosen to faith and to the knowledge of the truth that leads to true religion,

and to give them the hope of the eternal life that was promised so long ago by God. He does not lie

and so, in due time, he made known his message by a proclamation which was entrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour.

To Titus, true child of mine in the faith that we share. Grace and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Saviour.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul writes to Titus, his "loyal child in the faith we share," whom he had left at Crete to "put in order what remained to be done" with the community. The apostle knows that the task he is giving him will not be easy. To bolster his authority he writes him this letter, which should be read to the entire community gathered together. Paul ties the disciple’s ministry to his own apostolic authority. This is why he mentions that he is an "apostle," someone sent by Christ, even before naming the addressee of the letter. Paul does not say this to Titus to boast about it. He knows well that he too is first of all a "servant" of the Lord. In fact, in the Christian community, authority is not given to be taken advantage of, but to serve the communion of brothers and sisters in the one faith and the one hope. Paul reminds Titus - and anyone who has responsibility in the community - that the whole purpose of the apostolic work is found in relationship with the "hope of eternal life." The pastor has to preach and testify this hope to all. It is God himself who has promised, and God does not lie; indeed, he is the guarantee. Ever since the Garden of Eden, he has kept this hope alive for his children. And along the course of history he has revealed it to his people through an unbroken chain of prophets. But "in his time" the Lord sent his own Son, Jesus, to bring this promise to fulfilment. And Jesus called him, Paul, to communicate this message of joy to the world (1 Tim 1:1), and Paul entrusts Titus with the continuation of his own mission.

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