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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

2 Thessalonians 2,1-3.13-17

About the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, brothers, and our being gathered to him: please do not be too easily thrown into confusion or alarmed by any manifestation of the Spirit or any statement or any letter claiming to come from us, suggesting that the Day of the Lord has already arrived. Never let anyone deceive you in any way. It cannot happen until the Great Revolt has taken place and there has appeared the wicked One, the lost One, But we must always thank God for you, brothers whom the Lord loves, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved by the Spirit who makes us holy and by faith in the truth. Through our gospel he called you to this so that you should claim as your own the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Stand firm, then, brothers, and keep the traditions that we taught you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who has given us his love and, through his grace, such ceaseless encouragement and such sure hope, encourage you and strengthen you in every good word and deed.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

After stark descriptions of the divine judgment of those who let themselves be seduced by the evil one, the apostle thanks the Lord for those who have remained faithful to the Gospel. They are "brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord." Indeed, the love of God is the bond that unites the members of the Church. Paul reminds the Thessalonians that they have received a special grace: they were the first city in Macedonia to which the Gospel was preached. And we could call it the first Christian community in Europe. They responded to this privilege by becoming a model for the Church "in every place" (1 Thess 8). As they were the first to receive the Gospel, so should they be the first in witnessing to it. In effect, they became a "centre" for the spread of the Word: "For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it." Paul wanted the Thessalonians to continue to communicate the Gospel so that the very voice of God might resound in human hearts. The apostle already gave thanks to the Lord in the first Letter: "We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers" (1 Thess 2:13). The growth of preaching leads everyone towards salvation, which is to "obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2:14). But as long as we walk on this earth as pilgrims, no one can say that he or she is certain of salvation. In a time of temptation and struggle, Christians are always in danger. It is always possible to render the gift that was given to us worthless, as the apostle himself reminds us. No one should ever ignore God’s command, because doing so we risk losing our true life: "Stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter" (2:15). Paul reminds the Philippians: "Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation" (Ph 1:27-28). There is a close connection between the Gospel as it is preached and the life of the community. Paul also wrote to the Corinthians: "Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you- —unless you have come to believe in vain" (1 Cor 15:1-2). And he prays to the Lord to comfort their hearts and "strengthen them in every good work and word." Everything, in fact, comes from the love of the Father, who gives comfort and hope.

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