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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, 14-21

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.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul returns to explaining the meaning of his apostolic ministry, since the Corinthians know how to respond to those who are acting full of themselves, proud of their religious experiences and of their wisdom. Paul, however, caught up into “madness” 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 whoever receives it becomes a new creature because they find the new meaning of existence: precisely, no longer to live for themselves, which is the “gospel” of the world, that which all those present shouted out to Jesus while he was on the cross: “Save yourself.” The Gospel of Christ instead is the love which does not know any limits, the love which comes to forgive those who offend us and which impels us to love also our enemies. Unfortunately it is truly difficult to understand that this is the heart of Christian life, and is the true novelty that the world needs. Too often, however, we allow ourselves to be taken by the slavery of love only for ourselves. 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, also we will be renewed. Paul 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 minister of reconciliation, ambassador of Christ, in order for all to be renewed. No one can reconcile themselves by their own self, no one can self-pardon themselves. 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 as neither to blame us for our sins, nor condemn us for them. Jesus, in fact, just to save us from condemnation, he himself was made 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 there is a need that believers may manifest mercy, piety, compassion. Among the many moments in which to manifest the love and forgiveness there is that wholly particular moment represented by the sacrament of confession: it is the high moment in which God bends down over us with an infinite mercy. It is the joy of embrace with the Lord whom the minister in this moment represents.

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