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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

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

2 Peter 1, 12-15

That is why I will always go on recalling the same truths to you, even though you already know them and are firmly fixed in these truths.

I am sure it is my duty, as long as I am in this tent, to keep stirring you up with reminders,

since I know the time for me to lay aside this tent is coming soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.

And I shall take great care that after my own departure you will still have a means to recall these things to mind.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle Peter exercises his pastoral duty by reminding all of us of the Gospel truth. We could say that he shows us the itinerary of preaching that every Christian generation must continue to live. The communication of the Gospel consists of recalling Jesus’ words and re-proposing them, generation after generation, so that they may touch the heart of those who listen and bring about a change in their life. The Gospel, Paul reminds us, is the "power of God" (Rom 1:16). The power of the Lord is present and acts in the Gospel. Hence, to accept the Gospel does not mean simply to recall to memory past events of long ago, but to accept the power of salvation contained in those words: whoever listens to them is compelled to change his or her heart and to work for the transformation of the life of the world. The pastor, as well as every believer, should feel the responsibility of "refreshing the memory" of the brothers and sisters of faith through preaching the Gospel. Peter feels it with all the more urgency as he sees the end of his days approaching. Probably the death threats were more evident and he did not want to deprive the Christians of the testimony that had so radically changed his existence, transforming him from a fisherman in Galilee to a witness of the very mystery of God. In truth, the time that we have to communicate the Gospel is short. That is to say, we can no longer delay in communicating it because it is the only word that can save us and the world from the barbarism in which we continue to fall. Peter reminds us with these words to intensify the communication of the Gospel by witnessing to its truth with deeds and words. The Gospel is communicated from heart to heart, from generation to generation, and each Christian has the responsibility of this fundamental task. It is not only a responsibility towards others but also towards the community in which we live our faith because without the communication of the Gospel, without mission, each community risks drying up and dying.

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