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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of the death of Gandhi. With him we remember all those who, in the name of non-violence, are peacemakers.

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

Romans 12, 1-8

I urge you, then, brothers, remembering the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, dedicated and acceptable to God; that is the kind of worship for you, as sensible people.

Do not model your behaviour on the contemporary world, but let the renewing of your minds transform you, so that you may discern for yourselves what is the will of God -- what is good and acceptable and mature.

And through the grace that I have been given, I say this to every one of you: never pride yourself on being better than you really are, but think of yourself dispassionately, recognising that God has given to each one his measure of faith.

Just as each of us has various parts in one body, and the parts do not all have the same function:

in the same way, all of us, though there are so many of us, make up one body in Christ, and as different parts we are all joined to one another.

Then since the gifts that we have differ according to the grace that was given to each of us: if it is a gift of prophecy, we should prophesy as much as our faith tells us;

if it is a gift of practical service, let us devote ourselves to serving; if it is teaching, to teaching;

if it is encouraging, to encouraging. When you give, you should give generously from the heart; if you are put in charge, you must be conscientious; if you do works of mercy, let it be because you enjoy doing them.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Nearing the conclusion of the letter, the apostle explains what the power of justice that has been revealed asks of believers. A Christian’s entire life should be spiritual worship offered to God; worship not made up of empty formulas and rituals, but carried out in concrete, daily life. This kind of worship renders believers even capable of transforming the world in which they live. Believers have the power to change things, but they often keep it enchained because of their laziness. This power comes from the love they have received as an abundant gift. By gathering men and women into a people, love has conquered the loneliness that gnaws at them. Of course everyone keeps his or her own identity. The Spirit does not abolish people’s different identities, but harmonizes them in a new communion that makes of the different members a single body. The Christian community is neither born from the various dispositions of its individual members nor from the homogeneity of its components, but only from the love of God, which makes of the many one and of those who are different a community. The image of a body helps us understand the close bond between the disciples and Jesus as well as the fraternal relationship between the disciples themselves.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets