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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

2 Corinthians 4, 1-6

Such by God's mercy is our ministry, and therefore we do not waver

but have renounced all shameful secrecy. It is not our way to be devious, or to falsify the word of God; instead, in God's sight we commend ourselves to every human being with a conscience by showing the truth openly.

If our gospel seems to be veiled at all, it is so to those who are on the way to destruction,

the unbelievers whose minds have been blinded by the god of this world, so that they cannot see shining the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

It is not ourselves that we are proclaiming, but Christ Jesus as the Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.

It is God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' that has shone into our hearts to enlighten them with the knowledge of God's glory, the glory on the face of Christ.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Once again, Paul returns to the ministry which has been entrusted to him. He is well aware of having been chosen by the mercy of God to communicate the Gospel to men and women. He is not a minister of the Gospel because of his own work or his own choice, but because he was called from on high. He has no fear of claiming the truthfulness of his message and of recalling the frankness with which he announced it without falsifying its contents and without cushioning its force. In the first Letter to the Thessalonians he writes, “For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery … As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed.” (1 Thess 2.3-5) It is true that in Corinth there were those who did not think truthfully. Already at the end of the third chapter, Paul had mentioned those who trade on the Word of God; and now he speaks even of possible falsification. Obviously, it is not enough to belong to the church or to the community in order to be immune from pride, envy and criticism. It is these instincts which “veil” one’s eyes and prevent them from seeing the Gospel clearly. Even Jesus has said, “if your eye ...” Only when we turn the eyes of our heart toward Jesus are we able to understand the mystery of God and to taste its power. In the same sense, Jesus had said: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn 14:9). Paul asserts his preaching for the life of the community on the centrality of Jesus: “We do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord” (v. 5). He presents himself as their “servant” for the love of Jesus, the Jesus who appeared to him glorious, full of light, and blinded him, on the road to Damascus.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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