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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 Corinthians 2,10b-16

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.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Having just experienced the "failure" of Athens, Paul presents himself to the Christians of Corinth relying only on the preaching of the crucified Christ, the greatest, most eloquent articulation of the Gospel of love. It is the heart of the Gospel message and of all Christian preaching. The love of God for men and women is fulfilled in the cross. In fact, God 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 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 actions. It is not a matter of convincing, but of touching hearts and changing lives. It is a matter of becoming "spiritual" people, who let themselves be guided by the Spirit of the Lord. Guided by the Spirit, the disciple becomes spiritual, that is, full of a wisdom that comes not 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 things which no eye had ever seen and which helps 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."

Memory of the Mother of the Lord