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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

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

2 John 1, 1-6

From the Elder: my greetings to the Lady, the chosen one, and to her children, whom I love in truth -- and I am not the only one, for so do all who have come to know the Truth -- and I am not the only one, for so so do all who have come to know the Truth-

because of the truth that remains in us and will be with us for ever.

In our life of truth and love, we shall have grace, faithful love and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father.

It has given me great joy to find that children of yours have been living the life of truth as we were commanded by the Father.

And now I am asking you -- dear lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but only the one which we have had from the beginning -- that we should love one another.

To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The "presbyter" who wrote the Second Letter of John is probably John’s disciple, which permits him to use the pronoun "we" in order to indicate his belonging to the Johannine community, which he wants to serve by way of this letter. To underscore that the community is comprised of the "elect," those who are chosen to be children of the Lord, he addresses the community by calling it the "elect lady." Since the very beginning the disciple has made his love for them apparent: "whom I love in the truth" (v. 1). Wanting to make truth the central theme of the letter, he repeats the word "truth" (aletheia) four times in the course of just a few lines. The love of God is not a matter of psychology or of fleeting emotions, but of the "truth," of the Spirit of God infused into the heart of the disciples. To live in truth means to allow the Spirit of the Lord to guide us. Truth is manifested fully in love. Jesus, at the Last Supper, said to the disciples, "The Father will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever" (Jn 14:16). The permanence of love in truth generates "grace, mercy, and peace" in the hearts of the believers, notes the author. This is why he is overjoyed to learn that the community is walking "in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father" (v. 4). This recognition does not exempt him, however, from encouraging perseverance in living out the commandment that "we have had from the beginning" (v. 5). Perhaps the author fears external threats could break up the unity of the community. In any case, it is necessary to re-emphasize the primacy of loving one another because it is all too easy to allow our worries and problems to overwhelm us, to forget the primacy of God and of our brothers and sisters who are the substance of Christian life. Jesus himself said, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another... By this everyone will know that you are my disciples" (Jn 13:34-35).

Sunday Vigil

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 15 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 16 October
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 17 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 18 October
Memory of the Apostles
Thursday, 19 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 20 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 21 October
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday