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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of the virgin Mary, venerated as Our Lady of Lujàn in Argentina.

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

Colossians 1, 1-2

From Paul, by the will of God an apostle of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy

to God's holy people in Colossae, our faithful brothers in Christ. Grace and peace to you from God our Father.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul presents himself to the Colossians as an apostle, meaning someone sent by Christ to communicate the Gospel. This is the source of his authority – indeed, his duty – to intervene in the life of the community of Colossae. Moreover, Paul is not alone in his ministry, but has Timothy with him, as if to make visible the fact that disciples were sent “two by two.” (Gregory the Great comments on Jesus’ decision to do this with these words: “He sent them two by two so that their first proclamation would be their mutual love.”) The mission to proclaim the Gospel is never a solitary job: it always requires a fraternity, from which it is born and towards which it flows: the Gospel begins from the community and creates the community of brothers and sisters. This is why Paul calls Timothy “brother,” and the addressees of the letter are also “brothers and sisters”: “to the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.” From its beginning, Christian history is a history of fraternity, that is, the story of men and women called by God from different places and different affiliations to form a “family.” And this is possible because their bond is “in Christ,” in the fact that they all share in the one Gospel. Christian fraternity has its origin and foundation in God’s paternity and becomes real when we unite ourselves to Christ, “the firstborn within a large family” (Romans 8:29). The Christian family is a very particular one, where every distance is overcome, and where we are all brought close to one another, above and beyond the personal experiences, the history, the culture, and the condition of each individual. Even though he knows that he is an apostle and feels a sense of paternal responsibility towards the Colossians (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:15), Paul does not put himself above the community. He recognizes himself as a brother among brothers; like all the believers, Paul knows well that above all else he is a disciple. Being disciples makes the believers “saints”, that is, “separated” from a destiny of loneliness and death, and so also “faithful”, that is, believers who know how to persevere in their love for Jesus. By greeting these “saints” with the double wish for “grace” and “peace”, he invokes God’s blessing on them.

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