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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Nunzia, a mentally disabled woman who died in Naples; with her we remember all the mentally disabled people who have fallen asleep in the Lord.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

2 Peter 1, 16-21

When we told you about the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not slavishly repeating cleverly invented myths; no, we had seen his majesty with our own eyes.

He was honoured and glorified by God the Father, when a voice came to him from the transcendent Glory, This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour.

We ourselves heard this voice from heaven, when we were with him on the holy mountain.

So we have confirmation of the words of the prophets; and you will be right to pay attention to it as to a lamp for lighting a way through the dark, until the dawn comes and the morning star rises in your minds.

At the same time, we must recognise that the interpretation of scriptural prophecy is never a matter for the individual.

For no prophecy ever came from human initiative. When people spoke for God it was the Holy Spirit that moved them.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Peter assures the Christians that Christ will come with power and defeat evil once and for all. The Gospel is not a vain doctrine; it is not a deception. The apostle writes that he himself witnessed with his own eyes the power of the Gospel victorious over evil. Certainly he is referring to the numerous miracles and healings performed by Jesus through which the coming of the new kingdom of God’s love was made manifest. But, among the many wondrous deeds that he has witnessed by Jesus, the apostle recalls a particular memory that profoundly marked his life: the transfiguration on Mount Tabor. At that moment the glory and honour that Jesus received from the Father had appeared in an extraordinary manner and with the confirmation that came from a voice from on high: "This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased". The mystery hidden for centuries was finally revealed in its fullness to Peter, James and John. They understood that they would have to cherish this mystery in their heart and hand it down to future generations. In effect, the Church, since the apostles and up to today, has done no other than hand down from generation to generation this mystery of salvation that is the love of God made visible in Jesus of Nazareth. And Peter, recalling that "no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation," underlines that the entire Bible, including the First Testament, must be read and understood within the life of the Church. The Bible is not a private book that each person reads and interprets on one’s own. It is within the Christian community that the Bible is a living book. This is why we always need the Church, a community that helps to understand it deeply, not only to the letter but in spirit. The apostle compares Scripture to "a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts." Psalm 119 sings it well: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (v. 105). In every moment of life, whether difficult or joyful, the Word of god proclaimed in the Christian community enlightens and orients us towards the Lord so that we are not abandoned to the darkness of uncertainty and love of ourselves.

Memory of the Poor