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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

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 John 3,22-4,6

and whatever we ask we shall receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what is acceptable to him. His commandment is this, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we should love one another as he commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments remains in God, and God in him. And this is the proof that he remains in us: the Spirit that he has given us. My dear friends, not every spirit is to be trusted, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets are at large in the world. This is the proof of the spirit of God: any spirit which acknowledges Jesus Christ, come in human nature, is from God, and no spirit which fails to acknowledge Jesus is from God; it is the spirit of Antichrist, whose coming you have heard of; he is already at large in the world. Children, you are from God and have overcome them, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world, and therefore the world inspires what they say, and listens to them. We are from God; whoever recognises God listens to us; anyone who is not from God refuses to listen to us. This is how we can distinguish the spirit of truth from the spirit of falsehood.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle continues to stress for believers that their salvation comes from being in communion with God by being in communion with their brothers and sisters. This principle contrasts dramatically with the instinct to focus on ourselves and to worry about our own affairs. The apostle invites us to raise our eyes to God and to entrust ourselves to him in the certainty that we will receive whatever we ask for. It is the same faith that Jesus had. Consequently, John summarizes the life of a believer as follows: entrusting oneself to God, being in communion with him through the Spirit that is given to us, and loving one another as Jesus himself taught. We must not turn away from this path and let ourselves be seduced by false prophets. Faith in Jesus of Nazareth is absolutely necessary for Christian faith: "Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God." With the term "flesh," the apostle means the "weakness" inherent to the human condition, which Jesus took on so that he might redeem it. God’s love for men and women is truly great, so great that he became weak like all of us. To say that God chose the weakness of the flesh must have sounded scandalous to the Gnostic thinkers of the time, who considered the human condition to be negative. In truth, this is still a scandal today for those who think that salvation depends on human strength, on being powerful in this world, and on having power and wealth, not on the cross. The cross is the logical conclusion of a love that lowers itself to the very depths of humanity in order to save it from the abyss of sin and death. Jesus’ love reaches its culmination on the cross and so becomes a wellspring of life and salvation. By accepting the cross, Christians learn how to love as Jesus loved. That is how they can defeat the power of evil that holds men and women in the slavery of sin and violence. Love conquers the world and saves men and women from lies.

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