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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

John 15,18-21

If the world hates you, you must realise that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you do not belong to the world, because my choice of you has drawn you out of the world, that is why the world hates you. Remember the words I said to you: A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they kept my word, they will keep yours as well. But it will be on my account that they will do all this to you, because they do not know the one who sent me.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The evangelist John contrasts the love that binds the disciples to Jesus to the “hatred” that the world feels for them. There is a deep, radical incompatibility between the gratuitous love that characterizes the true disciple of Jesus and the worldly logic that always seeks a profit, or at least an even exchange, in every situation. This does not mean that we should feel alien to the reality that surrounds us, or to aspire to separate ourselves completely from it. We continue to be citizens of this world, but, as an ancient Christian writing, The Epistle to Diognetus, says, we are at once participants in the world, but alien to its mentality, because we are pilgrims on the way to a different, better reality. To meticulously face ourselves, our habits, our usual and habitual ways of acting, in order to compare them to the Lord’s teachings, is the only way to understand whose children we are: the Lord’s children or the children of the worldly mentality? Only if we walk along the way of Gospel love will we be a sign of contradiction for the world, but not in the name of a supposed personal originality, but because we are linked to Jesus who was sent by the Father so that he may attract us. Jesus even goes as far as to say to the disciples of that time and of today: “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.” The disciple who lives the Gospel becomes a sign of the Lord himself. Those who welcome and imitate the disciple’s example welcome and imitate Jesus himself. And, those who despise the disciple despise Jesus himself. This is what was revealed to Paul on the road to Damascus. The Lord said to him: “Saul, why do you persecute me?” In this question we see clearly the close link between Jesus and the disciples, ourselves included.

Sunday Vigil

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 14 January
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 15 January
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 16 January
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 17 January
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 18 January
Memory of the Church
Friday, 19 January
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 20 January
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 21 January
Liturgy of the Sunday