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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Reading of the Word of God

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

1 Corinthians 2, 10-16

to us, though, God has given revelation through the Spirit, for the Spirit explores the depths of everything, even the depths of God.

After all, is there anyone who knows the qualities of anyone except his own spirit, within him; and in the same way, nobody knows the qualities of God except the Spirit of God.

Now, the Spirit we have received is not the spirit of the world but God's own Spirit, so that we may understand the lavish gifts God has given us.

And these are what we speak of, not in the terms learnt from human philosophy, but in terms learnt from the Spirit, fitting spiritual language to spiritual things.

The natural person has no room for the gifts of God's Spirit; to him they are folly; he cannot recognise them, because their value can be assessed only in the Spirit.

The spiritual person, on the other hand, can assess the value of everything, and that person's value cannot be assessed by anybody else.

For: who has ever known the mind of the Lord? Who has ever been his adviser? But we are those who have the mind of Christ.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

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

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Having just experienced the “failure” of Athens, Paul presents himself to the Christians of Corinth as someone whose only strength comes from preaching about the crucified Christ, the greatest, most eloquent articulation of the Gospel of love. It is the core of the Gospel message and of all Christian preaching. The love of God for men and women is fulfilled in the cross. In fact, he sent his own Son to Earth so that he would submit himself to death on the cross and so save men and women from evil and death. In the letter to the Romans, Paul wrote that it is almost impossible to find someone to die for a good person, but God sent his son to die for us while we were sinners. Disciples are called to understand this “good news” and to communicate it to the world. And it is not with refined arguments that they should proclaim it, but with their own lives, just as Jesus did. The apostle reminds the Corinthians that he did not speak to them with “plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” That is to say, he spoke with effective words and with the testimony of real, concrete changes. It is not a matter of convincing, but of touching hearts and changing lives. It is a matter of becoming “spiritual” people, people who allow themselves to be guided by the Spirit of the Lord. Guided by the Spirit, the disciple becomes spiritual, that is, full of a wisdom that does not comes from his or her human traditions and customs, but from the Gospel. In fact, the Spirit reveals to the disciples the mystery that has been hidden for centuries, the mystery that reveals in the face of Christ the things that no eye had ever seen and that help us understand the mystery of love contained in the Holy Scriptures and the life of the Church. Those who let themselves be guided by the Spirit can say with the apostle, “we have the mind of Christ.”

Prayer for peace