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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 Corinthians 1, 1-9

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and Sosthenes, our brother,

to the church of God in Corinth, to those who have been consecrated in Christ Jesus and called to be God's holy people, with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord as well as ours.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am continually thanking God about you, for the grace of God which you have been given in Christ Jesus;

in him you have been richly endowed in every kind of utterance and knowledge;

so firmly has witness to Christ taken root in you.

And so you are not lacking in any gift as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed;

he will continue to give you strength till the very end, so that you will be irreproachable on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

You can rely on God, who has called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul, the apostle, together with Sosthenes, to obey Jesus' command to go “two by two,” sends a letter to the “church of God that is in Corinth.” Certainly in Corinth the word “ecclesia,” was known: it indicated the meeting of the inhabitants of a city who enjoyed full citizenship rights. By calling the Christians of Corinth “Church of God” Paul wanted to make it clear that they were an assembly, a community, gathered by God in the city of Corinth. Thus there is a link between the Church and the city. In fact, beyond the number of believers, they have before them the horizon of the city. It is to the city that they must bear witness to the Gospel. But they are not an island, a self-sufficient group that refers only to itself. God has chosen them and made them “saints,” that is “separate,” to unite “all those who lived in every place the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The local community, therefore, can not do without the other communities around the world. Before the eyes of Paul, the great mystery of the people that the Lord has gathered from every part of the earth appears. It is the meaning of that universality - today we would call it globalization – the origin of which is in the Christian faith. This does not diminish the attention to the community of Corinth. Paul, indeed, thanks the Lord for the progress it has made. His words allow us to understand that the generosity of the response to the Gospel by the Corinthians corresponds to the generosity with which the Lord has bestowed his gifts upon them: “The testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift.” The community of Corinth did not shut off or become lukewarm, but it was “rich” of love. The reason is explained by the Apostle: they were “firm” in “communion” with Jesus. Jesus had told his disciples: “If you remain in me, you will bear much fruit.”

Memory of the Mother of the Lord