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The Everyday Prayer

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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 John 1,3-9

In our life of truth and love, we shall have grace, faithful love and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father. It has given me great joy to find that children of yours have been living the life of truth as we were commanded by the Father. And now I am asking you -- dear lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but only the one which we have had from the beginning -- that we should love one another. To love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love. There are many deceivers at large in the world, refusing to acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in human nature. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist. Watch yourselves, or all our work will be lost and you will forfeit your full reward. If anybody does not remain in the teaching of Christ but goes beyond it, he does not have God with him: only those who remain in what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The "presbyter" who wrote this second Letter of John was probably a disciple of the apostle and thus was permitted to use "we" in referring to belonging to the Johannine community served with this letter. He addresses the community by calling it "dear lady," to highlight the fact that it is a community of the elect, of believers chosen by the Lord to be his children. From the beginning of the Letter, the author shows his love for them "whom [he loves] in the truth" (v. 1). In just a few lines the word "truth" (aletheia) is repeated four times, as if to make it the central theme of the letter. The love of God, in fact, is not a question of psychology or spontaneous feelings, but a "truth," that is, the Spirit of God poured into the heart of the disciples. To live in truth means allowing oneself to be guided by the Spirit of the Lord. Truth fully manifests itself in love. It is therefore obvious that in the Christian perspective there is no separation between truth and love, they are two sides of the same reality. The disciples must grow in truth and in love, that is, in the Holy Spirit. Jesus also says this to his disciples at the last supper: "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever" (Jn 14:16). Permanence in the truth of love generates in the hearts of the believers "grace, mercy and peace." For this reason the author of the Letter expresses his joy in learning that the community walks, "in truth according to the commandment that we received from the Father" (v. 4). This awareness does not excuse him from asking the community to persevere in and living the commandment "that we have received from the beginning" (v. 5), which is the commandment of love. Perhaps the author fears external threats which can damage the unity of the community. In any case, he feels it is a good opportunity to re-propose the primacy of loving each other, because it is easy to be preoccupied by worries about ourselves and to forget the primacy of God and of our brothers and sisters: the substance of the Christian life. Jesus himself says: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another…by this all will know you are my disciples" (John 13: 34-35). Tradition tells us that the apostle John, in the last years of his life, did nothing but repeat to the disciples to love one another. This is what we still need today.

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