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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

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Hebrews 2, 1-4

We ought, then, to turn our minds more attentively than before to what we have been taught, so that we do not drift away.

If a message that was spoken through angels proved to be so reliable that every infringement and disobedience brought its own proper punishment,

then we shall certainly not go unpunished if we neglect such a great salvation. It was first announced by the Lord himself, and is guaranteed to us by those who heard him;

God himself confirmed their witness with signs and marvels and miracles of all kinds, and by distributing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the various ways he wills.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The author of the Letter has just shown in the preceding verses Jesus’ definitive victory over evil. He now is “seated at the right hand of God.” This salvation, announced by all the Scriptures, ought to find Christians more attentive: “We must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.” Not to listen to the Word of God and not to obey its instructions means not only the impoverishment of one’s heart and life, but also going astray, away from God and therefore not to obtain salvation. The author calls Christians to the value of “the message declared through angels,” that is, by the prophets of the Old Testament. For God has never failed to give his Word to guide the people of Israel: whomever has followed this word has found salvation, whomever has rejected it has received just punishment. Now, the Letter continues, this ancient Word “was attested to us by those who heard him, while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.” The author reminds Christians that Jesus is the full revelation of God because he brought to completion the salvation that began in ancient times. That the salvation has come down to us is shown by the miracles that continue to be accomplished in the Christian community. The Word of God is not empty or deceptive: it is efficacious because it does what it says. Those who receive it become transformed in heart and are made strong so that the design of the love of God for the world may be accomplished through them.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets