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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

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

2 Peter 1,2-7

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of our Lord. By his divine power, he has lavished on us all the things we need for life and for true devotion, through the knowledge of him who has called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these, the greatest and priceless promises have been lavished on us, that through them you should share the divine nature and escape the corruption rife in the world through disordered passion. With this in view, do your utmost to support your faith with goodness, goodness with understanding, understanding with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with devotion, devotion with kindness to the brothers, and kindness to the brothers with love.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle Peter opens his second letter with solemnity and bestows a wish of "grace and peace," the gifts of salvation, on the Christians he writes to. Immediately he proposes again the centrality of faith in Jesus. Peter warns the believers to watch out for false teachers. The apostle suggests a kind of spiritual itinerary for the believer so that he or she may grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus. He warns that by faith, by following the Gospel, the entire life of the Christian develops, that is a life that has its summit in love, in the new commandment that Jesus entrusted to his disciples. Hence, Peter writes to the believers, "You must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love." Christians, therefore, are disciples who grow through listening continually and attentively to the Gospel so as to become witnesses to God’s borderless love amidst all people. The more we resemble God the more this likeness will compel us to live with the same love. True knowledge of Jesus leads to love and saves believers from blindness and myopia. By faithfully going along this spiritual journey as a disciple of Jesus—Peter writes—"you will never stumble" (v. 10).

Memory of the Poor

Calendar of the week
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