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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memorial of the holy prophet David to whom some of the psalms are attributed. For centuries the psalms have nourished the prayer both of Jews and Christians. Memorial of Thomas Becket, defender of justice and of the dignity of the Church.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Glory to God in the highest
and peace on earth to the people he loves.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 John 2,3-11

In this way we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says, 'I know him' without keeping his commandments, is a liar, and truth has no place in him. But anyone who does keep his word, in such a one God's love truly reaches its perfection. This is the proof that we are in God. Whoever claims to remain in him must act as he acted. My dear friends, this is not a new commandment I am writing for you, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the message you have heard. Yet in another way, I am writing a new commandment for you -- and this is true for you, just as much as for him -- for darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever claims to be in light but hates his brother is still in darkness. Anyone who loves his brother remains in light and there is in him nothing to make him fall away. But whoever hates his brother is in darkness and is walking about in darkness not knowing where he is going, because darkness has blinded him.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The first reading of the daily liturgy in this time of Christmas invites us to meditate on the first letter of John, offering us words of love which emanate from the very mystery of Christ’s birth. Only a love like God’s can make us understand the beauty and strength of the mystery of the Child who has been born. And there is a deep correspondence with the desire for salvation which is rooted in the depth of every human heart. It is a desire which makes us restless. And such restlessness is the first step toward getting out of ourselves, out of our selfishness. The apostle John shows us a simple way to know the Lord. It is not through speculative efforts, but simply by observing his commandments. This is the only way to know the Lord. Whoever listens to His word and puts it into practice dwells in God himself, so much so as to be able to affirm, "In him the love of God is perfect." It is not through our own qualities that we are perfect, but through the perfect love which is given to us. Whoever welcomes this love is on the road of perfection precisely because he or she is led by the very love of God. The apostle highlights that the commandment of love is new and ancient at the same time. It is the very substance of the Gospel. That the love of God became flesh in Jesus marks the radical turn in human history. With Jesus a new perspective for humanity has begun, a new vision has been proposed, "a true light has appeared" which has dispersed the darkness enveloping the world. It is the light of the love of God which leads us to love everyone, without exception, even our enemies. Whoever does not welcome or live this love remains, "in the darkness and does not know where he goes, because the darkness has blinded his eyes." The Gospel of love is the true newness which changes the world.

Prayer of the Christmas season

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