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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jude 1, 20-23

But you, my dear friends, must build yourselves up on the foundation of your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit;

keep yourselves within the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life.

To some you must be compassionate because they are wavering;

others you must save by snatching them from the fire; to others again you must be compassionate but wary, hating even the tunic stained by their bodies.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle contrasts the unity of the Christian community with the heresy of division. The unity of which the apostle speaks cannot be reduced to a matter of organizational unity. Rather, it is a unity that operates on the more profound level of the spiritual life that is born from God. The apostle employs the image of a house, illustrating to the believers the spiritual edifice whose foundation has already been laid and which they must continue to build upon. These words convey a profound conception of every believer’s responsibility-that is, that every believer is entrusted with the responsibility of building up the spiritual house. This is a very different concept from what we could define today as ‘clerical.’ The community belongs to everyone and everyone is responsible for it. An "ethnic" belonging is not sufficient. Every believer will have to face God regarding his or her work in the Church. This is the Gospel love we are called to live. The apostle indicates some of the tasks that all believers should perform. First, there is prayer, which is a priestly task for the entire community; no one can exclude themselves from this essential "work" to build the Church. Through the practice of prayer we cut away at the root of an individualistic concept of faith and we begin to progress toward the next work that the author of the letter recommends. The next task is keeping ourselves "in the love of God." This means being open to participating in the synergy between God and believers in the establishment of love on earth. Not just any kind of love, but agape, the love of God effused in the hearts of believers. There is a peculiarity in the way that Christians live out love. Perhaps this is the greatest treasure we are able to show the world. No one else can do it. This is how Christians live and wait for the mercy of God, that is the fullness of the kingdom. It is a laborious waiting that requires great generosity from all. The apostle exhorts his readers to attentively care for their brothers and sisters. This is the Gospel love that we are called to live and by which we will be recognized as disciples of Jesus.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets