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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

Colossians 1, 21-23

You were once estranged and of hostile intent through your evil behaviour;

now he has reconciled you, by his death and in that mortal body, to bring you before himself holy, faultless and irreproachable-

as long as you persevere and stand firm on the solid base of the faith, never letting yourselves drift away from the hope promised by the gospel, which you have heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become the servant.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The reconciliation of creation is not an abstract doctrine; it is a reality that is fulfilled in Jesus. The Christian community is the place where this reconciliation is already made visible. Paul writes this to the Colossians, urging them not to forget how they were before their conversion, when they were estranged from one another, and, like barbarians, attached to the worship of idols, living far from the people of the Covenant and therefore far from God. More than the result of sinful actions, distance from God comes from persisting in a life that is turned in on itself. The apostle is writing to the Colossians so that they will understand the radical newness that the Gospel brings to human life. It is a true rebirth, which the sacred authors do not hesitate to call a “new creation.” Therefore, the salvation brought by the Gospel is not a philosophical theory based on empty reasoning. It is rooted in the death of a concrete person, a “fleshly body”: Jesus. And from his death a new life is born. In order to bring about reconciliation, the Son lowered himself to the point of complete solidarity (besides sin) with the human condition of distance from God. The believers who have welcomed him have become holy themselves, immaculate and irreprehensible like the Son. And they are called to live in a manner worthy of this vocation. In fact, once we have welcomed the Gospel, we have to remain faithful to it to the end. The apostle reminds the Colossians, and all the believers of today, that the Gospel was proclaimed to “every creature under heaven”, that is, it has been preached in the different cultures of the world and at every level of society. This guarantee of universality is a precious strength in every era, but especially at this time, when narrow-minded identities and selfishness that foment hatred and conflict seem to be on the rise. The Gospel of Christ works to gather everyone into the one family of God.

Memory of the Poor

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Sunday, 19 November
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 20 November
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 21 November
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 22 November
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 23 November
Memory of the Church
Friday, 24 November
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 25 November
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 26 November
Liturgy of the Sunday