Sunday Vigil

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Prayer for the unity of the Churches. Particular memory of the Orthodox Churches.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Romans 8, 1-13

Thus, condemnation will never come to those who are in Christ Jesus,

because the law of the Spirit which gives life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.

What the Law could not do because of the weakness of human nature, God did, sending his own Son in the same human nature as any sinner to be a sacrifice for sin, and condemning sin in that human nature.

This was so that the Law's requirements might be fully satisfied in us as we direct our lives not by our natural inclinations but by the Spirit.

Those who are living by their natural inclinations have their minds on the things human nature desires; those who live in the Spirit have their minds on spiritual things.

And human nature has nothing to look forward to but death, while the Spirit looks forward to life and peace,

because the outlook of disordered human nature is opposed to God, since it does not submit to God's Law, and indeed it cannot,

and those who live by their natural inclinations can never be pleasing to God.

You, however, live not by your natural inclinations, but by the Spirit, since the Spirit of God has made a home in you. Indeed, anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

But when Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin but the spirit is alive because you have been justified;

and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead has made his home in you, then he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

So then, my brothers, we have no obligation to human nature to be dominated by it.

If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the habits originating in the body, you will have life.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Those who welcome Jesus into their lives are radically freed from sin and its slavery. That is why the apostle can say, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Believers find themselves in a new condition; they are new men and women guided by a renewed strength, the strength of the love poured out in their hearts by God himself. Paul repeats, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” This affirmation of the centrality of the Spirit of God dominates this passage of the letter to the Romans. The apostle wants to draw as much attention as he can to the new creation in which the believer is immersed. Those who welcome the Spirit of Christ can no longer follow the desires of the flesh, which “naturally” lead to toward sin and death. Something like a new orientation is placed in the believer, a new spiritual passion, new feelings, and so new perspectives to live for and carry out. It is the Spirit that takes possession of believers’ lives and pushes them to desire new things: “To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace,” Paul notes. Our mind is set on these things to the degree to which the Spirit dwells within us. Christians recognize the Sprit as the thing that sustains and upholds their interior lives and spiritual experiences. Faithfulness to the Spirit is the key to being able to live out the Gospel without restrictions.