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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

The prayer for peace is held in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

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

John 14,21-26

Whoever holds to my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me; and whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and reveal myself to him.' Judas -- not Judas Iscariot -- said to him, 'Lord, what has happened, that you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?' Jesus replied: Anyone who loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make a home in him. Anyone who does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not my own: it is the word of the Father who sent me. I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Gospel passage that we heard continues Jesus’ farewell speech to disciples during the last supper. He is about to leave them, but his love needs not to stop. He says to them: “They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me.” This seems obvious: following anyone’s teachings, in general, is a sign of respect and appreciation. Jesus stresses, however, that living the Gospel requires more than just formal respect; it requires diving into it with one’s whole life. And this requires love. The Gospel is not one among many ideologies that influence people’s behaviour at one time or another; it is love itself. To be sure, Gospel love is not only the motive for observing Jesus’ commandments; it is the very substance of his commandments. Being Christian, therefore, does not mean belonging to a particular society or culture, but binding our life, wherever we are, to Jesus. The author of the Book of Wisdom already noted this: “Wisdom is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. The love of her is the keeping of her laws” (6:12.18). Jesus continues, saying that love also attracts the heart of the Father who is in heaven and who will manifest himself to whomever loves him. Each believer is called to live this spiritual experience. Judas asks him to reveal himself to everyone in a showy way. Poor Judas who still reasons within the commonly held messianic categories! Jesus does not respond directly to Judas’ question, but takes the occasion to clarify what it will mean to see him after the resurrection. Love will move the disciples to put the Gospel in practice and they will become the dwelling place of Jesus and the Father: “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” Without love the Gospel will be nothing more than a mute word and we will find ourselves alone with ourselves, distant from God, and prey to evil. Jesus warns his disciples about this risk and promises them the Advocate, who the Father will infuse in their hearts. The Holy Spirit will accompany the disciples throughout history, teaching them everything and reminding them of Jesus’ words—the precious legacy to pass from generation to generation. Through the workings of the Spirit who always helps us to understand the Gospel more profoundly, the Lord continues to be present in our midst working for the good of humanity.

Prayer for peace

Calendar of the week
Sunday, 21 January
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 22 January
Memory of the Poor
Tuesday, 23 January
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 24 January
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 25 January
Memory of the Apostles
Friday, 26 January
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 27 January
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 28 January
Liturgy of the Sunday