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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Icon of the Holy Face
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

1 John 5, 13-20

I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Our fearlessness towards him consists in this, that if we ask anything in accordance with his will he hears us.

And if we know that he listens to whatever we ask him, we know that we already possess whatever we have asked of him.

If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that is not a deadly sin, he has only to pray, and God will give life to this brother -- provided that it is not a deadly sin. There is sin that leads to death and I am not saying you must pray about that.

Every kind of wickedness is sin, but not all sin leads to death.

We are well aware that no one who is a child of God sins, because he who was born from God protects him, and the Evil One has no hold over him.

We are well aware that we are from God, and the whole world is in the power of the Evil One.

We are well aware also that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know the One who is true. We are in the One who is true as we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the true God and this is eternal life. Children, be on your guard against false gods.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

At the end of his letter, the apostle retraces the final words of the forth Gospel and reassures Christians of the happy certainty that they are already saved. This firm trust is based on faith in Jesus, who answers every prayer. Indeed, the apostle says, Jesus answers our prayers even before they are spoken. These words should always be understood within the horizon of love. From here comes the admonishment to correct the brothers and sisters who stain themselves with "what is not a mortal sin", that is, with those sins that wound fraternal life. And part of fraternal correction is praying that those who sin might return to the Lord and come back into communion with their brothers and sisters. The apostle’s judgment of those who fatally break communion is much more severe, even if we should not conclude from the letter that we ought to abandon those brothers and sisters who have broken communion. The Lord Jesus invited his disciples to pray even for their enemies, and certainly we should never stop praying for anyone, even these latter. In any case, the apostle reminds Christians to be aware of the opposition that the evil one continues to work against the children of God. Nonetheless we are protected by the Lord, and "the evil one does not touch" us. The only demand the apostle makes of Christians is that they not distance themselves from the Lord and that they not dedicate their lives to other idols. Instead they ought to guard themselves from them and turn in prayer only to the Lord, who loves us so much that he gave his life for us and for the world. The conclusion of the Letter shows John’s concern facing the easiness with which people follow the idols of this world that disguise themselves according to the time and fashions. It is an old concern in the Bible in which we read the request to Israel to choose between God and the idols of the nations. Yes, the Letter ends and yet it poses an essential question: to choose between God and the idols of the world. In a world of conforming people, Christians are called to make a choice for the lord in a daily decisive way.


08/23/2012
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