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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

3 John 1,5-8

My dear friend, you have done loyal work in helping these brothers, even though they were strangers to you. They are a proof to the whole Church of your love and it would be a kindness if you could help them on their journey as God would approve. It was entirely for the sake of the name that they set out, without depending on the non-believers for anything: it is our duty to welcome people of this sort and contribute our share to their work for the truth.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The third letter resembles a note similar to the one Paul wrote to Philemon. The author ("presbyter") begins by saluting Gaius whom he "loves in truth," repeating the typical Johannine formula already used in the second letter. He wishes that "all may go well" with him and that he may be in "good health, just as it is well with your soul" (v. 2). Correct behaviour is none other than continuing to "walk in truth" (v. 3). The theme of "truth" returns here, truth understood not as an abstract complex of affirmations to believe, but as the very mystery of God which has manifested itself through history, that is Jesus Christ who died, was risen and continues to live in his Church. The permanence in this mystery constitutes the reason for the presbyter’s joy: "I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth" (v. 4). This is the joy of the shepherd that sees his community walking on the way of the Gospel. We could compare this joy to that of Jesus when he welcomed the disciples who returned from their first mission. This same exultation is similar to the welcome the Christian community gave to the first missionaries of the Gospel. We are at the beginning of the preaching of the Gospel, and it is important to note that the author of the letter highlights this welcoming toward missionaries. In such a way Christian fraternity is clearly manifested, a fraternity that overcomes distinctions between foreigners and familiar ones, as Jesus’ words clearly show. The Gospel makes even those who are far and foreigners become brothers and sisters. This new condition requires Christians to welcome and to care, as brothers and sisters, about those who, having left their homes, walk where the Lord sends them to communicate the Gospel. This attentive welcoming of fellow disciples is not simply a good work; it means being part of the very mission of the Church, as the letter notes: "Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth" (v. 8) Welcoming makes us part of the plan of God who sent His Son to save the world. Help given to anyone who communicates the Gospel makes us collaborators in the same mystery. In this we see the universality of the Church manifested, a universality that welcomes strangers as brothers and sisters.

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