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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memorial of Saint Augustine of Canterbury (†605 ca.), bishop, father of the English church.

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 16,23-28

When that day comes, you will not ask me any questions. In all truth I tell you, anything you ask from the Father he will grant in my name. Until now you have not asked anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete. I have been telling you these things in veiled language. The hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in veiled language but tell you about the Father in plain words. When that day comes you will ask in my name; and I do not say that I shall pray to the Father for you, because the Father himself loves you for loving me, and believing that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world and now I am leaving the world to go to the Father.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Over the past few days, the evangelist John has shown us the circle of love that unites the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and also envelops the disciples. The fruit of this love that becomes larger is joy. The disciples can rejoice because they are no longer left alone and abandoned to the destiny of sin and death. Communion with Jesus determines the new condition of the disciples, their being children of God. Therefore believers can ask the Father for anything and He will give it to them. This certainty is the reason for their “complete” joy. Jesus tells the Twelve: “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.” Here, Jesus is referring to the fact that the disciples are not yet united to him in the communion of his Spirit. Their faith was still immature; they were thinking about Jesus in human terms, according to the world’s categories. If we want to understand the Teacher and be united to him, we have to welcome his very Spirit into our hearts. The disciples will receive the Spirit on the day of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit will accompany them all the days of their lives. We, too, receive the Spirit, in the sacramental signs as well as every time the Word is announced to us. Thus, the eyes of our hearts are opened and we understand the great mystery of love that surrounds us, just as the disciples of that time experienced. A little while before Jesus had told them: “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate… will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you” (Jn 14:25-26). Communion with Jesus is not the fruit of abstract and exterior knowledge; it is above all a communion made up of love and a trusting reliance on Jesus. Overcome by this love, the apostle Paul said: “For to me, living is Christ” (Phil 1:21). Communion with Jesus helps us understand the following words: “On that day you will ask in my name. I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” Jesus tells the disciples, and us, that he came to earth to be one with his disciples in order to bring them to the heart of the Father. He is about to pass from this world to the Father. And when he returns to heaven he will no longer be alone, as he was when he descended; he will be accompanied by the disciples of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, whom he acquired with his blood. Let us give thanks to the Lord for his love that envelops us and saves us.

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