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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

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 3,16-21

For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.

No one who believes in him will be judged; but whoever does not believe is judged already, because that person does not believe in the Name of God's only Son.

And the judgement is this: though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness to the light because their deeds were evil.

And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, to prevent his actions from being shown up;

but whoever does the truth comes out into the light, so that what he is doing may plainly appear as done in God.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. With this sentence, John offers us a synthesis of his Gospel. God has never been so close to humanity as when he made himself equal to us in Jesus of Nazareth. What other proofs could be greater than his friendship with us and his immense concern for our future, which are far greater than the concern we show for ourselves and for others? We often operate under the appearance of love, which is false: in reality, it is only an expression of self-preservation and egoism, the exact opposite of the way of being of the Son, who considered his own life to have value in so far as it was spent for others and not preserved for itself. This is the eternal life about which Jesus spoke to Nicodemus; this is the love, an unmeasured and free love given to us from Jesus’ crucifixion and through his resurrection, which sheds light on the entire world. The light of Jesus’ love for humanity—a love lived out from its depths—reveals the dark corners of the heart’s hardness and exposes the narrow judgments that often make our existence miserable, rendering us incapable of bearing the good fruits of love and mercy. Indeed, the Son did not come to condemn the world; it is not from the world’s humiliation that Jesus draws his satisfaction. On the contrary, when the world allows the light of the Gospel to illuminate it, even life’s miseries find welcome in the Lord and, by him, are transfigured. More knowledgeable of our need for salvation and no longer blind in the darkness of egoism, let us seek in Jesus the path that leads to the true life and follow him along the road from Golgotha to the splendour of his resurrection. Indeed, this is what it means to do what is true: it is about concretely living out that love without boundaries, that love which God planted in each one of our hearts. The Lord Jesus came to gather us up in his dynamic love that permits us from now on to call ourselves, notwithstanding our weakness and misery, children of the Resurrection.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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