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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
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

Galatians 3,22-29

As it is, scripture makes no exception when it says that sin is master everywhere; so the promise can be given only by faith in Jesus Christ to those who have this faith. But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the Law, locked up to wait for the faith which would eventually be revealed to us. So the Law was serving as a slave to look after us, to lead us to Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. But now that faith has come we are no longer under a slave looking after us; for all of you are the children of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus, since every one of you that has been baptised has been clothed in Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither slave nor freeman, there can be neither male nor female -- for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And simply by being Christ's, you are that progeny of Abraham, the heirs named in the promise.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul affirms that the legacy promised by God to Abraham now belongs to Jesus. Even before God made the covenant with Israel at Sinai, He had already made one with Abraham. That covenant is especially true for "his offspring" (see Gen. 17:7), which refers not so much to the bloodline, but rather to the "one" descendant: Jesus Christ. He is the sole and universal heir of the Abrahamic promises. The example of the last will, an act that is always valid and can not be reversed even by law, which by the way came after (four hundred and thirty years after) makes Paul write that you cannot have two ways to access Abraham’s legacy: the law and the promise. Only the promise inherits the covenant with Abraham. If the law was given, it had only a pedagogical function, that of preparing faith until the "offspring" would come, i.e. Christ (3:16). Jesus’ disciples therefore receive the inheritance promised to Abraham. Thus they are no longer under the "disciplinarian", that is under surveillance of the law, but they live in freedom because they have become "one in Christ Jesus" (3:28). "Clothed with Christ," Christians are a new creation, a new people that knows no external laws, but only the love that should guide the entire life of believers. To the Romans Paul writes that we are free from everything to be slaves of one thing, love: "Owe no one anything, except to love one another" (Rom 13:8).

Sunday Vigil

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 23 October
Memory of the Poor
Tuesday, 24 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 25 October
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 26 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 27 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 28 October
Memory of the Apostles
Sunday, 29 October
Liturgy of the Sunday