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The Everyday Prayer


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

Memorial of the dedication of the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist in the Lateran. Prayer for the Church of Rome. Memorial of the "Crystal Night," the beginning of the Nazi persecution of the Jews.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Titus 3,1-7

Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity; not to go slandering other people but to be peaceable and gentle, and always polite to people of all kinds. There was a time when we too were ignorant, disobedient and misled and enslaved by different passions and dissipations; we lived then in wickedness and malice, hating each other and hateful ourselves. But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour for humanity were revealed, it was not because of any upright actions we had done ourselves; it was for no reason except his own faithful love that he saved us, by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and renewal in the Holy Spirit which he has so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our Saviour; so that, justified by his grace, we should become heirs in hope of eternal life.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Titus needs to remind Christians that they owe obedience and submission to the authorities, even if they are pagan, for they know – as Paul wrote clearly in the Letter to the Romans - that all authority comes from God. In addition he invites them to be indulgently patient in facing accusation and lies, scorn and resentments they suffer at the hand of pagans. Paul asks Titus to exhort his faithful "to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone." All Christians should keep these words in their heart because not too long ago, Christians were no different from the pagans, behaving in a "foolish" way, lacking an orientation for their lives as slaves of sin. We should never forget the sad condition in which we lived and from which we have been freed by grace, that is "when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we have done, but according to his mercy" (vv. 4-5). If the believer accepts God’s love with faith and trusts Jesus, he or she is saved from ruin by the "water of rebirth." Christians are generated by God (see Jn 1:12ff). Related to this "water of rebirth" is the "renewal by the Holy Spirit…he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour." Rebirth means the radical change that God works in the believer’s life. We all owe a debt of love to God because of what has happened within us. This is the source of the apostle’s rebuke, which he already addressed to the Christians in Corinth: "What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?" (1 Cor 4:7). Along with rebirth to a new life, we also receive another great gift, that of inheriting "eternal life." Paul writes to the Galatians that "through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit" we have received "adoption as children…. and God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’…and if we are children we are also heirs through God" (Gal 4:5-7).


11/09/2016
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets


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