Prayer for peace

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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

Colossians 3, 1-4

Since you have been raised up to be with Christ, you must look for the things that are above, where Christ is, sitting at God's right hand.

Let your thoughts be on things above, not on the things that are on the earth,

because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God.

But when Christ is revealed -- and he is your life-you, too, will be revealed with him in glory.


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 reminds the Christians of Colossae that they have already been raised with Christ and so freed from the slavery of Evil and death. But Paul knows well that their struggle with sin and fear is not over. This is why it is essential for them to remain linked to Christ and to seek the “things that are above.” This is not an impossible undertaking, because the goal is not far off, nor unknown. All that is asked of the disciple is to remain with Christ and to agree to the new life that he has given us. It is a matter of letting the power of the resurrection, in which we are participants, work in us. Therefore, the apostle urges us not to think of “things that are on earth”, that is, not to consider them definitive and not to sacrifice our lives on their altar, because they are, in fact, fleeting and ephemeral. Christians who live with Jesus are already participating in the final Kingdom. Because they are members of the Body of Christ, they are called to make the Gospel real in their daily lives and thus to become a new creation. Salvation already dwells within them, as Jesus himself had said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent, me has eternal life, and does not come under judgement, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24). But we know that the new life given to us by Jesus is still hidden and will reveal itself in its fullness at the end of time. We are asked to guard it and make it grow in order to hasten the last day.