Prayer for peace

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Memory of St. Stephen (+1038), king of Hungary. He was converted to the Gospel and promoted the evangelization of his country.

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

1 John 3, 19-24

This will be the proof that we belong to the truth, and it will convince us in his presence,

even if our own feelings condemn us, that God is greater than our feelings and knows all things.

My dear friends, if our own feelings do not condemn us, we can be fearless before God,

and whatever we ask we shall receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what is acceptable to him.

His commandment is this, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we should love one another as he commanded us.

Whoever keeps his commandments remains in God, and God in him. And this is the proof that he remains in us: the Spirit that he has given us.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle continues to insist so that the believers understand that their salvation lies in the communion with God that is to be reached through communion with their brothers and sisters. This principle is radically opposed to our instinct to concentrate on ourselves and to mind our own business, whether to exalt or reproach ourselves. These two attitudes lead to the same thing: putting our ego at the centre of our lives. Selfishness does not make people safer. On the contrary, it makes the heart more unstable, more prey to instincts and feelings. The prophet Jeremiah said it well: "The heart is devious above all else; it is perverse- who can understand it? I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, ..." (17:9-10). The apostle invites us to raise our eyes towards God and see how much wider his heart is than ours. The entire story of salvation reveals the greatness and generosity of God’s love, which bent down to humanity in order to save us. John reminds us that our "security" is founded on this love. For Christians, stability does not come from skills, possessions, traditions, or abilities, but only from the faith that is rooted in the faithfulness of God’s love for us. In a certain sense John proposes the only commandment of the love for God and neighbour that was manifested clearly in Jesus: "And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us." This relationship of complete trust allows us to turn to God the way children turn to their Father, sure that we will get what we ask for. And for our part, we will live how God wants us to. The apostle sums up the life of a believer: trust in Jesus, be in communion with him through the Spirit that has been given to us, and love one another as Jesus taught us.