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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

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Acts 3,11-26

Everyone came running towards them in great excitement, to the Portico of Solomon, as it is called, where the man was still clinging to Peter and John. When Peter saw the people he addressed them, 'Men of Israel, why are you so surprised at this? Why are you staring at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or holiness? It is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after he had given his verdict to release him. It was you who accused the Holy and Upright One, you who demanded that a murderer should be released to you while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are witnesses; and it is the name of Jesus which, through faith in him, has brought back the strength of this man whom you see here and who is well known to you. It is faith in him that has restored this man to health, as you can all see. 'Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing; but this was the way God carried out what he had foretold, when he said through all his prophets that his Christ would suffer. Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, and so that the Lord may send the time of comfort. Then he will send you the Christ he has predestined, that is Jesus, whom heaven must keep till the universal restoration comes which God proclaimed, speaking through his holy prophets. Moses, for example, said, "From among your brothers the Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me; you will listen to whatever he tells you. Anyone who refuses to listen to that prophet shall be cut off from the people." In fact, all the prophets that have ever spoken, from Samuel onwards, have predicted these days. 'You are the heirs of the prophets, the heirs of the covenant God made with your ancestors when he told Abraham, "All the nations of the earth will be blessed in your descendants". It was for you in the first place that God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you as every one of you turns from his wicked ways.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Peter gave his dignity back to the crippled man who had been begging at the gate of the temple for years. Healed from his infirmity, he immediately started leaping for joy on the temple esplanade. We could say that the atmosphere of festivity that Jesus brought with him everywhere he went had returned. It was the joy of the poor and the weak who felt loved, the joy of the disciples who saw love conquer loneliness, and the joy of all those who let their hearts be touched by signs of love. In fact, this extraordinary event immediately made an impression on the people who were in the temple. They all gathered around Peter and John, who had healed the crippled man. But the apostle, distant from the self-promotion that we all know too well, immediately made it clear that the miracle was the work of God, not their work. It is God who heals; the disciples are only the servants of his Word. Certainly, the Lord chose to use poor men and women to perform his wonders. But he is the Lord, the strong and mighty. The disciples are tools in his hands. It is the Father in heaven who raised Jesus from the dead. He is the one who conquers evil and heals people from their illnesses. But we are not in the presence of amazing acts of magic, we are in the presence of God, who is stronger than evil and who continues to work in the lives of men and women. That is why we encounter mothers, fathers, and friends who pray for the healing of the sick in the Gospels. And even the apostles urge their listeners to pray with faith for the Lord to intervene and heal those who are sick. Jesus had said, “If two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Mt 18:19-20). Prayer spoken with faith and insistence can be the cause of healings and miracles, today as it was then.

Memory of the Church

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