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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

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Hebrews 10, 32-39

Remember the great challenge of the sufferings that you had to meet after you received the light, in earlier days;

sometimes by being yourselves publicly exposed to humiliations and violence, and sometimes as associates of others who were treated in the same way.

For you not only shared in the sufferings of those who were in prison, but you accepted with joy being stripped of your belongings, knowing that you owned something that was better and lasting.

Do not lose your fearlessness now, then, since the reward is so great.

You will need perseverance if you are to do God's will and gain what he has promised.

Only a little while now, a very little while, for come he certainly will before too long.

My upright person will live through faith but if he draws back, my soul will take no pleasure in him.

We are not the sort of people who draw back, and are lost by it; we are the sort who keep faith until our souls are saved.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The third part of the Letter begins. The author wishes to exhort Christians to constancy and perseverance in Christian life. It was a particularly difficult moment for the community at that time, pressed by not a few difficulties. Evidently, there was some failure or their witness had slackened, perhaps through a Christianity lived in a more individualistic manner, and, therefore, it grew less meaningful, less prophetic. The author reminds those Christians of the fervour which they had at the time of their conversion, when they faced with courage every sacrifice just to witness to the Gospel: not only did they not pull back in the face of difficulties and dangers, but they faced them together with joy. He recalls when they were “being publicly exposed to abuse and persecution” and were living in profound solidarity among themselves: “you had compassion for those who were in prison, and you cheerfully accepted the plundering of your possessions.” The reason for this courage resided in the conviction of “knowing that you yourselves possessed something better and more lasting.” Unfortunately, the fervour of the beginning – the Book of Revelation would say: the enthusiasm of “first love” (Rev 2:4) – has cooled down and is replaced by an attitude lazy in following the Gospel and by a spirit of resignation in the face of difficulties encountered. It is a failure which also we know well, despite not living in such adverse situations as the Christians of that time. It is not difficult to allow ourselves to be overcome by laziness and by resignation, typical of a culture self-centred and consumerist, which erode from within the prophecy of the Gospel. Christians abandon hoping, and thus working for a new world that is more solidary and less violent. The author exhorts us instead to rediscover the virtue of constancy, that is to persevere in following the Gospel and not to abandon the “parrhesia,” that trust in God which represents the true strength of the believers and that allows them to stand firm even in a world hostile to the Gospel and to its followers.

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