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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

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Romans 13, 8-14

The only thing you should owe to anyone is love for one another, for to love the other person is to fulfil the law.

All these: You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet, and all the other commandments that there are, are summed up in this single phrase: You must love your neighbour as yourself.

Love can cause no harm to your neighbour, and so love is the fulfilment of the Law.

Besides, you know the time has come; the moment is here for you to stop sleeping and wake up, because by now our salvation is nearer than when we first began to believe.

The night is nearly over, daylight is on the way; so let us throw off everything that belongs to the darkness and equip ourselves for the light.

Let us live decently, as in the light of day; with no orgies or drunkenness, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy.

Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop worrying about how your disordered natural inclinations may be fulfilled.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Even if a Christian were to accomplish everything, one debt would remain: the debt of mutual love. We are all debtors of love towards each other. This means that other people have a right to our love, our attention, and our presence. This truth represents the radical defeat of philautia, that love for ourselves is the root of every sin. After Jesus gave the example of loving men and women to the point of giving his life for their salvation, his disciples cannot distance themselves from their teacher’s position. This is why the apostle can speak of a debt of love. Christian love must be completely and freely given to all. And it is obvious that a love this radical does not come from us: it is not the fruit of our efforts, but something we can only receive from on high. By practicing this love we carry out the “living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” that Paul just called us to. The urgency of love comes from the hour that is approaching. The apostle seems to be saying that this is the time to love. And when we look at the gravity and seriousness of this new millennium, we understand how urgent it is for Christians to testify to love as the only way for the world to obtain salvation. Faced with the growth of hatred and violence, faced with the spread of terrorism and war, Christian communities need to abandon all distractions and superficiality in order to communicate to the world the primacy of love. The way to peace is to make love prevail. The light of a new day needs to follow the night of violence, a new day in which peace and the works of justices proclaim to all the salvation that the Lord pours out over us.

Prayer for the Sick

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