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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of St. Anselm (1033-1109), a Benedictine monk and bishop of Canterbury, who suffered exile for his love for the Church.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Titus 2, 11-15

You see, God's grace has been revealed to save the whole human race;

it has taught us that we should give up everything contrary to true religion and all our worldly passions; we must be self-restrained and live upright and religious lives in this present world,

waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Christ Jesus.

He offered himself for us in order to ransom us from all our faults and to purify a people to be his very own and eager to do good.

This is what you must say, encouraging or arguing with full authority; no one should despise you.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Wanting to indicate what kind of strength makes Christians exemplary, Paul mentions a hymn to God’s grace, the bearer of salvation that at the established time was manifested in Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God’s own mercy appeared; in Jesus, God offers salvation to all men and women, with no exceptions. The evangelist John writes, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life" (Jn 3:16). When the Word became incarnate, salvation came into the world, that is, liberation from death and access to a full life for all men and women, no matter their language, ethnicity, or nation. God’s unimaginable love pushes us to choose, either to open ourselves to love or, sadly, to close ourselves off from it. We cannot remain in uncertainty or in unworkable neutrality. The grace that God gives through the Son drives those who receive it towards a radical break with impiety and selfish instincts. In the letter to the Romans, the apostle writes, "Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life" (Rom 6:4), as we wait for the Lord’s final return. The hope for eternal life is an essential part of Christian life (1 Cor 13:13). Paul talks about it continuously and also considers this mystery a central dimension of Christian life. Freed from sin and sanctified and united in Christ, the disciples of Jesus are called to manifest this lofty vocation and great dignity through their good works. This is the mystery that Titus has to preach to all those he meets. And he has to preach it with resolve. He may still be young (2:7) like Timothy (1 Tim 4:12), but Paul, on his part, warns the community of Crete not to scorn Titus. Age and social rank do not count in the Christian community; the only thing that counts is the authority of the mission, and as Jesus says, "Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me" (Lk 10:l6).


04/21/2012
Sunday Vigil


Calendar of the week
NOV
27
Sunday, 27 November
Liturgy of the Sunday
NOV
28
Monday, 28 November
Memory of the Poor
NOV
29
Tuesday, 29 November
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
NOV
30
Wednesday, 30 November
Memory of the Apostles
DEC
1
Thursday, 1 December
Memory of the Church
DEC
2
Friday, 2 December
Memory of Jesus crucified
DEC
3
Saturday, 3 December
Sunday Vigil
DEC
4
Sunday, 4 December
Liturgy of the Sunday