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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

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.
.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

3 John 1, 9-15

I have written a note for the members of the church, but Diotrephes, who enjoys being in charge of it, refuses to accept us.

So if I come, I shall tell everyone how he has behaved, and about the wicked accusations he has been circulating against us. As if that were not enough, he not only refuses to welcome our brothers, but prevents from doing so other people who would have liked to, and expels them from the church.

My dear friend, never follow a bad example, but keep following the good one; whoever does what is right is from God, but no one who does what is wrong has ever seen God.

Demetrius has been approved by everyone, and indeed by Truth itself. We too will vouch for him and you know that our testimony is true.

There were several things I had to tell you but I would rather not trust them to pen and ink.

However, I hope to see you soon and talk to you in person.

Peace be with you; greetings from your friends; greet each of our friends by name.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The "elder" begins the second part of his letter by criticizing the behaviour of Diotrephes, who is perhaps the very leader of the community that the presbyter wants to bring back to a true understanding of service. Diotrephes truly seems far from the sensibility of the Gospel that demands exemplary behaviour from whoever leads the community. Even more, in this case, it is a matter of his attitude toward the first itinerant preachers that is of concern. If one ought to honour and welcome every stranger, as the Letter to the Hebrews reminds us, how much more should one do the same for those who communicate the Gospel? Today, we also must place this demand upon ourselves, remembering the attention and respect that we should pay those who spend their lives communicating the Gospel to edify the community and bring release and succour to the weak in a world as complex and difficult as ours. As consumed as we are with ourselves, it often happens (and not too rarely) that instead of helping our brothers and sisters we end up placing obstacles in front of them with our insensibility, misunderstanding or, worse still, our indifference. How important, then, it is to listen today to the warning from John’s Letter: "Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good." We should imitate the enthusiasm that our brothers and sisters have for the Gospel and welcome the task of communicating it wherever we live. If we do as such, we will come from God. If we remain in our egocentrism, however, John’s Letter is right in saying that "we have not seen God" (v. 11). Demetrius, who is perhaps one of the itinerant preachers, stands before us as an example in whose footsteps we should follow. We read that everybody testifies to his faithfulness. This is what happens to the Christian community when it becomes a witness of the love of God and of humanity, which is what happened to the first community in Jerusalem that enjoyed the "favour" of all the people.


08/30/2012
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