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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memorial of blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Colossians 1, 21-23

You were once estranged and of hostile intent through your evil behaviour;

now he has reconciled you, by his death and in that mortal body, to bring you before himself holy, faultless and irreproachable-

as long as you persevere and stand firm on the solid base of the faith, never letting yourselves drift away from the hope promised by the gospel, which you have heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become the servant.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The reconciliation of creation is not an abstract doctrine, but a reality that is made true by Jesus. The Christian community is the place where this reconciliation is made visible in the present. Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae, urging them not to forget their condition prior to conversion, when they were strangers to one another and lived like barbarians, devoted to the worship of idols, far from the people of the Covenant and hence far from God. Rather than the result of sinful action, distance from God is the result of a life turned in on itself. The apostle writes to the Colossians to help them understand the radical newness that the Gospel brings into human life. It is a true rebirth, which the sacred authors did not hesitate to call a "new creation." The salvation brought by the Gospel is not a philosophical theory founded on vain reasoning. It is rooted in the death of a real person, a "fleshly body," Jesus. And after his death, a new life is born. In fact, in order to obtain reconciliation, the Son lowered himself to the point of completely sharing in the human condition - distance from God and sin. Believers who have welcomed him have become holy, immaculate, and blameless, like the Son. And they are called to live in a manner worthy of this calling. Indeed, once we have welcomed the Gospel, we must remain faithful to it to the end. The apostle reminds the Colossians, and the believers of today, that the Gospel was proclaimed "to every creature under heaven," that is, it was preached in the various cultures of the known world and to all levels of society. This guarantee of universality is a precious strength in every age, but especially in our time, when narrow-minded identities and selfishness, that foment hatred and conflict, seem to be on the rise. The Gospel of Christ works to gather all into the one family of God. ?

Sunday Vigil