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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of St. Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (today in Algeria) and a doctor of the Church.


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

3 John 1, 1-8

From the Elder: greetings to my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in truth.

My dear friend, I hope everything is going happily with you and that you are as well physically as you are spiritually.

It was a great joy to me when some brothers came and told of your faithfulness to the truth, and of your life in the truth.

It is always my greatest joy to hear that my children are living according to the truth.

My dear friend, you have done loyal work in helping these brothers, even though they were strangers to you.

They are a proof to the whole Church of your love and it would be a kindness if you could help them on their journey as God would approve.

It was entirely for the sake of the name that they set out, without depending on the non-believers for anything:

it is our duty to welcome people of this sort and contribute our share to their work for the truth.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Repeating the formula typical of John, which he used before in his second letter, the "presbyter" opens his letter with a salutation to Gaius, who he "loves in truth." He wishes him good health "just as well as it is well with your soul" (v. 2). The righteous behaviour of Gaius is due to none other than his continuing to "walk in the truth" (v. 3). The theme of "truth" returns, not understood as complex abstract principles in which to believe, but as the very mystery of God made manifest in history-that is to say, the mystery of Jesus Christ dead and risen who continues to live in his Church. The community’s faithfulness in permanently abiding in this mystery is the reason for the joy of the "elder": "I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth" (v. 4). His joy is the joy of a pastor who sees his community walking along the ways of the Gospel. We can compare it to the joy Jesus felt when he welcomed the disciples who had returned from their first mission. The same jubilation is connected to the welcoming the Christian communities extended to the first missionaries of the Gospel. We are at the beginning of the ministry of preaching the Gospel and it is significant that the author draws attention to the importance of welcoming the missionaries. By welcoming the missionaries, Christian fraternity reveals itself and dispels the distinction between foreigners and acquaintances, as clearly appears through Jesus’ words. The Gospel makes everyone, even those who are foreigners or who live far away, our brothers and sisters. This new perspective invites Christians to assist and welcome as our brothers and sisters those who, having left behind their homes, go out to communicate the Gospel wherever the Lord sends them. Welcoming them with care and attention does not simply mean doing a good deed, but participating in the very mission of the Church, as we note in the Letter: "Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth." (v. 8) Welcoming makes us participate in the design of God who sent His Son to save the world. Assistance given in any way to those who communicate the Gospel makes us co-workers in the same ministry. In this way the universality of the Church that welcomes foreigners as brothers and sisters is also manifested.


08/28/2012
Memory of the Mother of the Lord


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