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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

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Genesis 17, 1.9-10.15-22

When Abram was ninety-nine years old Yahweh appeared to him and said, 'I am El Shaddai. Live in my presence, be perfect,

God further said to Abraham, 'You for your part must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you, generation after generation.

This is my covenant which you must keep between myself and you, and your descendants after you: every one of your males must be circumcised.

Furthermore God said to Abraham, 'As regards your wife Sarai, you must not call her Sarai, but Sarah.

I shall bless her and moreover give you a son by her. I shall bless her and she will become nations: kings of peoples will issue from her.'

Abraham bowed to the ground, and he laughed, thinking to himself, 'Is a child to be born to a man one hundred years old, and will Sarah have a child at the age of ninety?'

Abraham said to God, 'May Ishmael live in your presence! That will be enough!'

But God replied, 'Yes, your wife Sarah will bear you a son whom you must name Isaac. And I shall maintain my covenant with him, a covenant in perpetuity, to be his God and the God of his descendants after him.

For Ishmael too I grant you your request. I hereby bless him and will make him fruitful and exceedingly numerous. He will be the father of twelve princes, and I shall make him into a great nation.

But my covenant I shall maintain with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear you at this time next year.'

When he had finished speaking to Abraham, God went up from him.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

There is no time in the life of a believer in which he or she can say, “I have done what is necessary; I have done enough.”?God appears to Abraham, saying, “Walk before me, and be blameless.” Being believers like Abraham means walking in God’s presence, listening to God and loving Him with our whole heart, our whole soul, and our whole mind. That is the very essence of the spiritual life. Believers are not called to withdraw from the world, but rather to enter it more boldly, strong only in the love of God. This covenant changes the heart and life of the believer, just as God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, that is, “ancestor of a multitude.” Abraham’s destiny was no longer to be alone, but to be a part of a great, new people that had the task of announcing the love of the Lord to the world. ?Abraham bowed down before the Lord. With him let us bow down too, humiliating our pride, so that God will speak to us and guide us on the paths of the world.

Memory of Jesus crucified