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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Zacchaeus who climbed a tree to see the Lord and received as a gift the conversion of his heart.

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

2 John 1, 7-13

There are many deceivers at large in the world, refusing to acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in human nature. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist.

Watch yourselves, or all our work will be lost and you will forfeit your full reward.

If anybody does not remain in the teaching of Christ but goes beyond it, he does not have God with him: only those who remain in what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.

If anyone comes to you bringing a different doctrine, you must not receive him into your house or even give him a greeting.

Whoever greets him has a share in his wicked activities.

There are several things I have to tell you, but I have thought it best not to trust them to paper and ink. I hope instead to visit you and talk to you in person, so that our joy may be complete.

Greetings to you from the children of your sister, the chosen one.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

In the first lines of the letter, the author reminds the Christians of the primacy of loving one another, and he seems to emphasize the importance of a life of love also as a way of not succumbing to the lies of the false teachers. It is also notable that the "presbyter" suggests the importance of loving one another as a means of not falling into an error of faith. In effect, there is a bond between living in love and abiding in truth, a connection that we find both in the Gospels and the New Testament writings. We need not look any further for examples than John in his first letter, who exhorts, "let us love in truth and action" (1 Jn 3:18) and the apostle Paul, who writes to the Corinthians, "love rejoices in the truth" (1 Cor 13:6). There is an initial, simple consideration to take into account regarding the unity of the life of the community that embraces the communion of love and the communion of faith: we cannot separate the two camps, as if we were able to live in communion without an understanding of faith and vice versa. Among the clearest examples that we have is the episode of Peter’s profession of faith in Caesarea, a profession that was right, but his refusal to understand Jesus’ passion distanced him from his Teacher. The author of the letter puts us on guard against those who "do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh." Here, we reach the heart of Christian faith: Jesus not only "came," but he "comes" in the flesh. That is, he continues to be present in his Church, in the community of disciples, as he himself said, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them" (Mt 18:20). The community itself becomes the "flesh" of Jesus present throughout history, although we cannot make any exception in this mystery. This explains the harshness that we read in verses 10 to 11 against those who want to negate this concrete, historical connection made of "flesh" between Jesus and his disciples. It is in this relationship that they find the fullness of joy. A personal relationship with Jesus reverberates in the intimacy, that is, talking face to face, that the children of God should live with each other.

Memory of the Poor

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