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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

2 Corinthians 1, 18-22

As surely as God is trustworthy, what we say to you is not both Yes and No.

The Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed to you by us, that is, by me and by Silvanus and Timothy, was never Yes-and-No; his nature is all Yes.

For in him is found the Yes to all God's promises and therefore it is 'through him' that we answer 'Amen' to give praise to God.

It is God who gives us, with you, a sure place in Christ

and has both anointed us and marked us with his seal, giving us as pledge the Spirit in our hearts.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

In the community of Corinth there were present preachers who had begun to criticize Paul and to accuse him, bringing into question his sincerity, his apostolicity, and the Gospel preached by him. It happened likewise in Galatia. Paul is constrained to defend himself, even if his defence is primarily of the Gospel preached by him and for which he had also received confirmation from the other apostles gathered together in Jerusalem. With this letter, Paul wants to reaffirm the value of his message, which comes from the grace of God, not from the wisdom or from the strength of the “flesh”. And it is for this that one is able to “boast”. But it is not the pride of vainglory for their own, perhaps presumed, qualities. It is a temptation that we know in many. The pride of which the apostle speaks is that of those who spend their lives proclaiming the Gospel; of one who is able to present to the Lord a community as fruit of their preaching. In this perspective, the apostle, on the other hand, says, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” It is this pride which impels Paul to confirm his love and his concern for the community. He wanted to visit it soon, but he had been prevented. He had to change his plans. It is therefore not a question of volubility: “As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been ‘Yes and No’” (v. 18). His failure to visit, therefore, is no sign of disinterestedness or of fear in front of those who have accused him. And with this letter he wishes to reaffirm the common calling that Christ has made to him and to the community, to which by now he feels united through the same anointing and by the common seal of the Holy Spirit.

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