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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

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

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

1 Corinthians 6, 1-11

Is one of you with a complaint against another so brazen as to seek judgement from sinners and not from God's holy people?

Do you not realise that the holy people of God are to be the judges of the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent for petty cases?

Do you not realise that we shall be the judges of angels?-then quite certainly over matters of this life.

But when you have matters of this life to be judged, you bring them before those who are of no account in the Church!

I say this to make you ashamed of yourselves. Can it really be that it is impossible to find in the community one sensible person capable of deciding questions between brothers,

and that this is why brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?

No; it is a fault in you, by itself, that one of you should go to law against another at all: why do you not prefer to suffer injustice, why not prefer to be defrauded?

And here you are, doing the injustice and the defrauding, and to your own brothers.

Do you not realise that people who do evil will never inherit the kingdom of God? Make no mistake -- the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, the self-indulgent, sodomites,

thieves, misers, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers, none of these will inherit the kingdom of God.

Some of you used to be of that kind: but you have been washed clean, you have been sanctified, and you have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

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

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

The apostle has such high regard for the community that he thinks it is shameful for them to go to pagan courts to resolve any eventual internal disputes. Paul does not want to condemn the pagan courts, which he actually holds in some regard, as can be seen in the Letter to the Romans (13:1-3). He wants to prevent members of the community from going outside to resolve the disputes that arise within the community. It is already a grave matter for there to be disputes among believers. But if they should arise, they should be dealt with in the spirit of the fraternity of the family of God, with the help of those who are wise within the community. What the apostle says elsewhere should not be forgotten: “Do not let the sun go down on your anger,” a reminder that we all need to be reborn each day. He insists that his readers learn to bear the wrongs that might be committed against them. How often we let petty feelings prevail instead, which chip away at our fraternity! This is why Paul reminds the Christians of Corinth about the sadness in which they lived before they came into the community. But, he tells them, “You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified,” and thus the Corinthians have become new creatures. This is why they can no longer live according to the criteria and the habits of the world out of which they were saved; that would mean denying the newness of the life that was generously and freely given.

Memory of the Mother of the Lord