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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

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Acts 4,1-12

While they were still talking to the people the priests came up to them, accompanied by the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees. They were extremely annoyed at their teaching the people the resurrection from the dead by proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. They arrested them, and, as it was already late, they kept them in prison till the next day. But many of those who had listened to their message became believers; the total number of men had now risen to something like five thousand. It happened that the next day the rulers, elders and scribes held a meeting in Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, Jonathan, Alexander and all the members of the high-priestly families. They made the prisoners stand in the middle and began to interrogate them, 'By what power, and by whose name have you men done this?' Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed them, 'Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple and asking us how he was healed, you must know, all of you, and the whole people of Israel, that it is by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, and God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man stands before you cured. This is the stone which you, the builders, rejected but which has become the cornerstone. Only in him is there salvation; for of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.'

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The passage from Acts that we have heard tells us of the arrest of Peter and John by the temple guards: "So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening." It is a repetition of what had happened to Jesus not long before. The reason? Because, after the healing of the crippled man, people flocked to listen to them eagerly. There is a more or less hidden but constant contrast between the selfish way most of this world thinks and the Gospel. The Word of God is always not only a little foreign to the world’s way of thinking, but even critical. The Gospel disturbs every form of violence, upsets every form of self-righteousness, questions every form of resignation, and unfailingly pushes us to overcome our exclusive love for ourselves. It is the Gospel that moves Peter and John. The members of the Sanhedrin question him, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" And, without fear, indeed, with great boldness, the apostles respond that they had done it by the power of the man Jesus whom they had crucified. The one whom they thought was defeated then and defeated forever had been brought back to life by God and now was working in the world through them, through that little group of men and women who boldly claimed to be his disciples. Returning to the image that Jesus used during his life, Peter answered, "the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone. There is salvation in no one else." With these words and this witness began the preaching and the action of the first Church in history. Having left fear and dread behind them, Peter and John now boldly proclaim, through their words and their work of healing, that the Lord Jesus is the one saviour, the one true shepherd of the people of Israel, the only one who can bring salvation to the whole world: "for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."


04/01/2016
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