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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 Thessalonians 3, 1-5

When we could not bear it any longer, we decided it would be best to be left without a companion at Athens,

and sent our brother Timothy, who is God's helper in spreading the gospel of Christ, to keep you firm and encourage you about your faith

and prevent any of you from being unsettled by the present hardships. As you know, these are bound to come our way:

indeed, when we were with you, we warned you that we are certain to have hardships to bear, and that is what has happened now, as you have found out.

That is why, when I could not bear it any longer, I sent to assure myself of your faith: I was afraid the Tester might have put you to the test, and all our work might have been pointless.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul had just asked Silvanus and Timothy to come to him from Berea to Athens (Acts 17:15); but the news of the attacks of persecution to the Thessalonian community (2:14; 3:3 ff) again require that they separate. The decision to remain alone is not easy for him, because Timothy is for him a "beloved son" and "brother;" but he is also a "co-worker for God in proclaiming the gospel of Christ," and as such has the primary responsibility of carrying on the proclamation. Paul’s love for the Thessalonian community is stronger than the love he has for himself, to the point of letting go of his friend in order to send him to the community which needs him because they are in danger. He -writes Paul- comes "to strengthen and encourage you for the sake of your faith, so that no one should be shaken by these persecutions" (3:2-3). The suffering that the Gospel causes is the destiny of every Christian community. The Gospel is different than the world, and its "prophecy" inevitably provokes the opposition of the world. Prophecy and hostility are two inseparable dimensions in the life of the Church. As if to confirm this, the apostle notes that there are difficulties also in Corinth. And the Thessalonian Christians know this: "you yourselves know that this is what we are destined for. In fact, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we were to suffer persecution; so it turned out, as you know" (3:3-4). The Thessalonians know of the sufferings which Paul has personally experienced, but also of the strength he has shown in continuing his pastoral mission. In any case, Paul is concerned for the life of the community. He knows that behind the persecutions the "tempter" is hiding, the prince of division and of evil; and he knows his strength. His solicitous love for the young community gives him no rest. He fears that the Christians of Thessalonica may yield to the temptations which characterize the end of days. And he does not want his toil to have been in vain, since God’s own work is revealed in it.

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