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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Hebrews 3, 1-6

That is why all you who are holy brothers and share the same heavenly call should turn your minds to Jesus, the apostle and the high priest of our profession of faith.

He was trustworthy to the one who appointed him, just like Moses, who remained trustworthy in all his household;

but he deserves a greater glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house is more honoured than the house itself.

Every house is built by someone, of course; but God built everything that exists.

It is true that Moses was trustworthy in the household of God, as a servant is, acting as witness to the things which were yet to be revealed,

but Christ is trustworthy as a son is, over his household. And we are his household, as long as we fearlessly maintain the hope in which we glory.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The author of the Letter turns, for the first time, in a direct manner to those to whom he is writing and exhorts them not to forget that they are participants in a “heavenly calling,” and therefore he invites them to hold their gaze fixed on Jesus: “the apostle and high priest of our confession.” Jesus, as an “apostle,” that is, as a “messenger of God”, communicates in an authoritative manner the Word of God and is therefore “worthy of belief”. It is a reference evident to Christians so that they consider Jesus as the one who continues to speak with authority to their lives and to bring them together in a community of worship and prayer of which he is the High Priest. In fact – it will be said later in the Letter – Jesus is “the one who speaks from heaven” (12:25), namely, the one who continues to speak to his disciples with the strength and the power that come, in fact, from heaven. And likewise the “high priest” carries to God the common “confession” of faith of the believers (13:15). The author then compares Jesus to Moses to underline that Christians should not conceive themselves in an individualistic manner and as separated from each other, but as the “house of God,” a title which designated the people of Israel as a community of prayer and worship. Christians have received this heritage and have become themselves the home that God has prepared, “we are his house” (3:6), as long as we remain faithful to our vocation like Christ with the Father. Jesus is the foundation of the new house, the Christian community understood as a place of prayer and worship directed to God. We no longer have need of the mediation of Moses, whom God had made his servant. Through the Son, we have direct access to the Father; no more servants like Moses, but children in Jesus. He had said to his disciples, “I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father” (Jn 15:15). The author does not fail to warn that the fidelity to the Gospel wavers when one “neglects to meet together” (10:25), when one is not united to the community that prays, listens, celebrates, and loves. Distance from the life of the community means being distant from Christ himself. On the contrary, communion with our brothers and sisters is born and grows with that which we have with Jesus. It is obvious that it is not a matter of mere physical participation in the life of the community, because decisive is one’s heart. But it is equally true that without physical proximity to the life of the community, to its vocation, to its spirit, to its joys and to its concerns, it is difficult to also live in communion with Jesus.

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