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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Modesta, a homeless woman refused medical assistance because she was dirty and was left to die in the Termini train station in Rome. Along with her, we remember all those without a home who have died.

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

Romans 12, 9-21

Let love be without any pretence. Avoid what is evil; stick to what is good.

In brotherly love let your feelings of deep affection for one another come to expression and regard others as more important than yourself.

In the service of the Lord, work not halfheartedly but with conscientiousness and an eager spirit.

Be joyful in hope, persevere in hardship; keep praying regularly;

share with any of God's holy people who are in need; look for opportunities to be hospitable.

Bless your persecutors; never curse them, bless them.

Rejoice with others when they rejoice, and be sad with those in sorrow.

Give the same consideration to all others alike. Pay no regard to social standing, but meet humble people on their own terms. Do not congratulate yourself on your own wisdom.

Never pay back evil with evil, but bear in mind the ideals that all regard with respect.

As much as possible, and to the utmost of your ability, be at peace with everyone.

Never try to get revenge: leave that, my dear friends, to the Retribution. As scripture says: Vengeance is mine -- I will pay them back, the Lord promises.

And more: If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat; if thirsty, something to drink. By this, you will be heaping red-hot coals on his head.

Do not be mastered by evil, but master evil with good.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour.” The true strength of the community of disciples is found in these words, which Paul addresses to the brothers and sisters who are in Rome. In fact, the community is not strong because of itself and its works, but because of its ability to live out a love that is sincere and generous towards all. This is the most precious gift that the Lord has made to his disciples. It is this love that makes the community strong and respected in the world. Indeed this love, which believers receive from on high, contains the energy that makes many things possible that would otherwise be impossible for humans. When the community (and with it every disciple) lives not for itself but in order to bear witness to the love that it has received from the Lord, it is able to do great things. We could say that this is why Jesus, who knew the power of love first hand, was able to say to the disciples of yesterday and today, “the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these.” This is the power of love, the power of those who defeat evil with good.

Memory of the Church