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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

Revelation 22,1-7

Then the angel showed me the river of life, rising from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowing crystal-clear. Down the middle of the city street, on either bank of the river were the trees of life, which bear twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month, and the leaves of which are the cure for the nations. The curse of destruction will be abolished. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city; his servants will worship him, they will see him face to face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And night will be abolished; they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign for ever and ever. The angel said to me, 'All that you have written is sure and will come true: the Lord God who inspires the prophets has sent his angel to reveal to his servants what is soon to take place. I am coming soon!' Blessed are those who keep the prophetic message of this book.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John then sees the "river of the water of life". This is the river that was found in Eden (Gen 2:19), the same one Ezekiel saw flowing out of the temple (41:7) and that Zechariah had announced in his prophecy (14:8). Jesus himself had foretold this river when he said to the Samaritan woman: "Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life" (Jn 4:14). John, who certainly remembers these words of Jesus, now sees with his own eyes the fountain that gushes forth for eternity. In fact, the river of the water of life flowed from the throne of God and the Lamb. The saved are gathered all around to celebrate the perfect liturgy of adoration. Jesus’ beatitude is finally realized: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Mt 5:8). This was the great hope proclaimed both by Paul and by John himself: "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face…we will be like him, for we will see him as he is" (1 Cor 13:12; 1 Jn 3:2). Consecrated to God forever ("his name will be on their foreheads"), the just stand before God in the joy of an encounter that nothing will be able to break. John then notices "the tree of life" in the middle of the city. This is the same tree that was an occasion for sin for our progenitors, but now it is a source of life for God’s elect. It is the tree of Christ, his cross, which is no longer a sign of death but of life. Life is reborn from this tree: Mary and John welcomed each other under the cross. And the apostle remembers this well. There are no more people prevented from entering in the new Jerusalem, there are no more separations, there are no walls that divide or barriers that keep people out. God welcomes everyone because God is the Father of all and does not show partiality (Rom 2:11). Revelation helps us look at the history of our time from the point of view of its conclusion, the universal gathering and welcome of the heavenly Jerusalem. It is the dream that God asks all people of good will to make real. It is the goal of mercy.

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