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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 4,11-18

My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we too should love one another. No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love one another God remains in us and his love comes to its perfection in us. This is the proof that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us a share in his Spirit. We ourselves have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as Saviour of the world. Anyone who acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him and he in God. We have recognised for ourselves, and put our faith in, the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. Love comes to its perfection in us when we can face the Day of Judgement fearlessly, because even in this world we have become as he is. In love there is no room for fear, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear implies punishment and no one who is afraid has come to perfection in love.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John writes to Christians and explains why they should love one another: "Since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another." The love between Christians is not just any love; it must have the same quality, the same nature, and the same passion as the love that God has for us. In short, God is the measure of love, even the love we have for each other. But we might ask: how is it possible to live such a love if "no one has ever seen God"? Continuing his letter, John affirms, "no one has ever seen God," but adds: "If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us." In the Prologue to the Fourth Gospel, the evangelist writes: "No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known" (1:18). It is Jesus who has revealed the Father’s face to us. And, in fact, looking at Jesus we can quite rightly say: "Jesus is love." Indeed, everything about him speaks of a love that knows no limit. In this letter, John writes that if we love one another, we abide in God. He does not say that we see God, but that we abide in him as in a house, as in a home. We shall see God "face to face" at the end of the days, but we can already live with him now. And the house in which we live, or rather in which we are called to live, is love. It is the Lord who embraces us and surrounds us with his mercy and love. The Spirit sent by the Father unites us with Him and with our brothers and sisters. If we abide in this love, which we have received as a gift, then we can obey his word and love each other. This is what is meant by perfection. We are not perfect because we are without blemish, but because we allow ourselves to embrace the love of God. John concludes that this love frees us from all fear, from every distress. God is not a stern judge, but a Father who loves us to the point of giving his own Son for us.

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