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We remember Yaguine and Fodé, two boys 15 an d14 years old from Guinea Conakry, who died because of cold in 1999 while they we trying to fly to study in Europe hidden in the cargo hold of an airplane

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

2 Peter 3, 1-7

My dear friends, this is the second letter I have written to you, trying to awaken in you by my reminders an unclouded understanding.

Remember what was said in the past by the holy prophets and the command of the Lord and Saviour given by your apostles.

First of all, do not forget that in the final days there will come sarcastic scoffers whose life is ruled by their passions.

'What has happened to the promise of his coming?' they will say, 'Since our Fathers died everything has gone on just as it has since the beginning of creation!'

They deliberately ignore the fact that long ago there were the heavens and the earth, formed out of water and through water by the Word of God,

and that it was through these same factors that the world of those days was destroyed by the floodwaters.

It is the same Word which is reserving the present heavens and earth for fire, keeping them till the Day of Judgement and of the destruction of sinners.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle is concerned about the dangers that hang over the life of the Christian communities. This is the reason why he sends them a second letter. It is not enough to listen to the preaching of the Gospel only once. Rather, it is necessary to continue to nourish ourselves daily with the bread that sustains the life of every believer and community. Peter knows very well that this is necessary: "To arouse your sincere intention by reminding you that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets." Indeed, the false prophets did not desist from pressuring the community to no longer believe in the Word of the prophets. The example they used to undermine the apostolic preaching was the assertion that the foretold return of Christ had not come true. With this accusation they sought to undermine the apostolic preaching, calling it deceitful, and labelled the Gospel irrelevant. They said: "Where is the promise of his coming? From the day since our ancestors died, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." We can still hear such objections today, as when one claims that the Gospel has not changed anything at all and that everything remains the same and will always be the same. Such notions lead people to abandon the Gospel or at least not to listen to it as a strong and efficacious word, and at the same time strengthen and consolidate egoism and attention only to oneself. Peter, instead, calls the believers to remember the strength of the Word of God: from it, all of creation flowed, and still remains preserved by it. Just the beginning of the Bible reminds us that everything came to light thanks to the efficacious strength of the Word of God. Ten times we read, "God said." And everything was made according to His word. Peter reminds believers to consider the entire Biblical tradition and to see, through it, the power of the Word that came from the mouth of the Lord.