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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

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Romans 8, 31b-39

Since he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for the sake of all of us, then can we not expect that with him he will freely give us all his gifts?

Who can bring any accusation against those that God has chosen? When God grants saving justice

who can condemn? Are we not sure that it is Christ Jesus, who died -- yes and more, who was raised from the dead and is at God's right hand -- and who is adding his plea for us?

Can anything cut us off from the love of Christ -- can hardships or distress, or persecution, or lack of food and clothing, or threats or violence;

as scripture says: For your sake we are being massacred all day long, treated as sheep to be slaughtered?

No; we come through all these things triumphantly victorious, by the power of him who loved us.

For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing already in existence and nothing still to come, nor any power,

nor the heights nor the depths, nor any created thing whatever, will be able to come between us and the love of God, known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle concludes this part of the Letter, which focuses on the Spirit, with a hymn to God’s love. There is an initial question that reveals the strength of faith: "If God is for us, who is against us" Believers base their hope not on themselves or their own strength, but on the steadfastness of God’s love. It is the Lord who defends, sustains, protects, and saves his children. He does everything to save them. Ever since the burning bush, God has revealed himself as the one who would never abandon his people. By saying, "I am who I am," God meant: "I am the one who is always with my people, who accompanies him in the desert, who brings them to the promised land, and who sustains them every day." All of Scripture describes this incredible descent of God’s love towards men and women. The culmination of this relationship occurs with Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. The Father’s love is so amazing that he not only sent his Son into the world, he even allowed him to be "sacrificed" for the salvation of all. This is the love that gives substance to our faith. Using the image of a lawsuit brought against believers, the apostle can say, "Who will bring any charge against God’s elect It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised!" It is as if the believer is pre-emptively acquitted by God’s embrace. It is just a matter of accepting it. Nothing, in fact, except our own free decision, can separate us from this love. The apostle enumerates a series of situations: death or life, angels or rulers, things present or and things to come, powers, heights, depths, or any other force that can strike a believer. And indeed believers often experience difficulties and opposition, right up until their death. But none of this "will be able to separate us from the love of God."

Memory of the Church