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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

Philippians 2,1-4

So if in Christ there is anything that will move you, any incentive in love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any warmth or sympathy -- I appeal to you, make my joy complete by being of a single mind, one in love, one in heart and one in mind. Nothing is to be done out of jealousy or vanity; instead, out of humility of mind everyone should give preference to others, everyone pursuing not selfish interests but those of others.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul exhorts the Christians of Philippi to live in love. A father is worried that his children are united, that seeds of division, comparisons and opposition do not grow among them. We know how easy it is. We all should and can learn to live in love. And the words of the Apostle help us understand what it means to truly love one another. And we can all learn it and live it in every season of our lives! We can live in love only if we are animated by humility and not by vainglory, only if we seek the interest of others more than our own. The apostle reaches here one of the central aspects of his request to the Philippians: unity and holiness are achieved only to the extent that all turn their gaze to Jesus and welcome in ourselves "the same mind" of Jesus. Christians are above all people who model their hearts on the sentiments of Jesus, their minds on the thoughts of Jesus, their lives on the life of Jesus. Disciples imitate the Master in everything: they follow him, listen to him and they remain as such forever. The life of Jesus, we know, is marked by the kenosis, abasement: he, who was God, humbled himself to become a servant, even accepting death, death on the cross, in order to remain faithful to his choice of love and thus to save the world. His abasement to the point of becoming a servant was not a choice of fake humility but the consequence of a love without limit for men and women. For that love, God exalted Jesus, that is He freed him from the bonds of death. And in the name of Jesus everyone can find salvation. The invitation of the Apostle, as a rule that must guide all life for everyone, is real. Everyone in humility should consider others better than him or herself. It is a very practical rule to be happy, because it makes us discover our neighbour: we get used to give them importance, and not to despise them as we do very often when we look at the speck or we judge often. Let us follow Jesus, the greatest, who became a servant to make us great. For the greatest is the one who makes others great.

Memory of the Poor

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 23 October
Memory of the Poor
Tuesday, 24 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 25 October
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 26 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 27 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 28 October
Memory of the Apostles
Sunday, 29 October
Liturgy of the Sunday