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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Monday of the Angel


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Acts 2,14.22-32

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed them in a loud voice: 'Men of Judaea, and all you who live in Jerusalem, make no mistake about this, but listen carefully to what I say. 'Men of Israel, listen to what I am going to say: Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God by the miracles and portents and signs that God worked through him when he was among you, as you know. This man, who was put into your power by the deliberate intention and foreknowledge of God, you took and had crucified and killed by men outside the Law. But God raised him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades; for it was impossible for him to be held in its power since, as David says of him: I kept the Lord before my sight always, for with him at my right hand nothing can shake me. So my heart rejoiced my tongue delighted; my body, too, will rest secure, for you will not abandon me to Hades or allow your holy one to see corruption. You have taught me the way of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence. 'Brothers, no one can deny that the patriarch David himself is dead and buried: his tomb is still with us. But since he was a prophet, and knew that God had sworn him an oath to make one of his descendants succeed him on the throne, he spoke with foreknowledge about the resurrection of the Christ: he is the one who was not abandoned to Hades, and whose body did not see corruption. God raised this man Jesus to life, and of that we are all witnesses.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The first reading of each of the Eucharistic celebrations of the Easter season is taken from the Acts of the Apostles, as if to show the fruit that is born of the mystery of Easter: men and women of different languages and origins gather together around the Lord Jesus, who defeated death and began a new communion among men and women. That is what the apostle Peter says to the crowd gathered in front of the doors of the upper room right after Pentecost, a crowd made up representatives of all the peoples of the earth who were waiting for the Gospel of salvation. Looking at these faces from every country, the apostle proclaims that Jesus has defeated evil and death and established a new and more just world for all. After having performed miracles and healing, that young prophet from Nazareth - Peter affirms - willingly handed himself over to the violence of evil. He was sentenced to death and hung on the cross. But the Father raised him, "having freed him from death." His obedience to God, his complete entrusting of himself to the Father’s will, and his limitless love for men and women earned Jesus resurrection. "This Jesus God raised up," Peter says to the crowd. It is the Gospel of Easter. It is the heart of the Christian preaching that has crossed the centuries from that day and reached us. Indeed, it is passed on to us so that we in turn will communicate it throughout the world. It is the Gospel we have received and that we are now called to communicate to this globalized world, which is still enslaved to sin and death. And the world is waiting for it. The Jesus that Peter proclaims is the Jesus of the Gospel, that is, the one who loved so much that he took everyone’s sins on himself, and, by handing himself over to death, defeated death for ever. If up until then death had the last word on life, from that day on the opposite began to occur: life defeats death; love defeats evil. This is what the prophets had foretold. With Jesus, this prophecy is fulfilled. And, through the testimony of the disciples of every age, Peter continues to say, "This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses."


03/28/2016
Monday of the Angel


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