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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 Corinthians 5, 11-6,2

And so it is with the fear of the Lord always in mind that we try to win people over. But God sees us for what we are, and I hope your consciences do too.

Again we are saying this not to commend ourselves to you, but simply to give you the opportunity to take pride in us, so that you may have an answer for those who take pride in appearances and not inner reality.

If we have been unreasonable, it was for God; if reasonable, for you.

For the love of Christ overwhelms us when we consider that if one man died for all, then all have died;

his purpose in dying for all humanity was that those who live should live not any more for themselves, but for him who died and was raised to life.

From now onwards, then, we will not consider anyone by human standards: even if we were once familiar with Christ according to human standards, we do not know him in that way any longer.

So for anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see.

It is all God's work; he reconciled us to himself through Christ and he gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

I mean, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding anyone's faults against them, but entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were urging you through us, and in the name of Christ we appeal to you to be reconciled to God.

For our sake he made the sinless one a victim for sin, so that in him we might become the uprightness of God.

As his fellow-workers, we urge you not to let your acceptance of his grace come to nothing.

As he said, 'At the time of my favour I have answered you; on the day of salvation I have helped you'; well, now is the real time of favour, now the day of salvation is here.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul continues to explain the meaning of his apostolic ministry so that the Corinthians know how to respond to those who were full of themselves, proud of their religious experiences and of their wisdom. Paul, however, caught up “madly” by the love of Christ (‘if we are beside ourselves, it is for God’), affirms that believers live no longer for themselves but for Jesus who died and rose for all. This is the heart of the Gospel. And all who receive it become new creatures because they find new meaning in living: precisely, no longer for themselves. To do so would be living the “gospel” of the world, that which all the bystanders shouted to Jesus on the cross: “Save yourself.” Instead, the Gospel of Christ is love which knows no limits, which forgives those who offend us and impels us to love even our enemies. Unfortunately it is truly difficult to understand that this is the heart of Christian life, and that this is the true novelty that the world needs. Too often, however, we allow ourselves to be taken in by the slavery of self-love. We need to continue to turn our eyes and our hearts to the Lord and to learn from him the meaning of life. If we welcome him in our hearts, if we nourish ourselves on his words and on his body, if we live in communion with our brothers and sisters, we too will be renewed. The apostle writes, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (v. 17). If we remain united to Jesus and to his Church, we are reconciled with God. The apostle thus becomes a minister of reconciliation, an ambassador of Christ, to be renewed. No one can be reconciled or pardoned alone. There is need of the apostle who continues to insist, “Be reconciled to God.” The Lord, Paul seems to say, loves us to such an extent that he neither blames nor condemns us for our sins. To save us from condemnation, Jesus made himself sin for us. And he entrusted to his disciples the ministry of reconciliation. In a world lacerated by divisions, devoured by evil and mean in forgiving, it is vital that believers manifest mercy, piety, compassion. Among the many moments that manifest love and forgiveness, there is that wholly particular moment of the sacrament of reconciliation: it is the high moment in which God bends down over us with infinite mercy. It is the joy of the embrace with the Lord whom the minister in this moment represents.

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