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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

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Acts 3,11-26

Everyone came running towards them in great excitement, to the Portico of Solomon, as it is called, where the man was still clinging to Peter and John. When Peter saw the people he addressed them, 'Men of Israel, why are you so surprised at this? Why are you staring at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or holiness? It is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after he had given his verdict to release him. It was you who accused the Holy and Upright One, you who demanded that a murderer should be released to you while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are witnesses; and it is the name of Jesus which, through faith in him, has brought back the strength of this man whom you see here and who is well known to you. It is faith in him that has restored this man to health, as you can all see. 'Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing; but this was the way God carried out what he had foretold, when he said through all his prophets that his Christ would suffer. Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, and so that the Lord may send the time of comfort. Then he will send you the Christ he has predestined, that is Jesus, whom heaven must keep till the universal restoration comes which God proclaimed, speaking through his holy prophets. Moses, for example, said, "From among your brothers the Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me; you will listen to whatever he tells you. Anyone who refuses to listen to that prophet shall be cut off from the people." In fact, all the prophets that have ever spoken, from Samuel onwards, have predicted these days. 'You are the heirs of the prophets, the heirs of the covenant God made with your ancestors when he told Abraham, "All the nations of the earth will be blessed in your descendants". It was for you in the first place that God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you as every one of you turns from his wicked ways.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Peter has just restored his dignity to the crippled man who had been asking for alms at the gates of the temple for years. Healed of his illness, the man immediately began leaping for joy on the Temple Mount. Obviously, everyone is amazed at what happened. Certainly nothing of that sort had happened since Jesus’s death. Many people flock to Peter and John. How could they keep from being astonished by the extraordinary nature of the event? Everyone looks at the two disciples with amazement. But, far from the desire to promote himself that we all know well, Peter immediately makes it clear that the miracle was not performed by them, but by God. It is God who heals: the disciples are just servants of his Word. It is the Lord, strong and powerful, not them, his poor disciples. Indeed, God had raised Jesus from the dead: he is the one who defeats evil and heals people of their sicknesses. Peter makes it clear that they are not in the presence of magical deeds or extraordinary powers: they are in the presence of God, who is stronger than evil and who continues to work in the lives of men and women. That is why in the Gospels we see mothers, fathers, and friends who pray to God for the sick to be healed. And even the apostle urges those listening to them to pray with faith so that the Lord will intervene and heal the one who is sick. Jesus had told his disciples: "Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them" (Mt 18:19-20). Prayer spoken with faith and insistence is at the source of healing and miracles today as it was then. In a world like ours, which has become resigned to evil and dominated by violence, it is urgent for us to strengthen our prayer for the healing of illnesses and liberation from evil. We should not forget that "nothing is impossible for God."


03/31/2016
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