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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

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 Corinthians 10,14-22

For that reason, my dear friends, have nothing to do with the worship of false gods. I am talking to you as sensible people; weigh up for yourselves what I have to say. The blessing-cup, which we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ; and the loaf of bread which we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? And as there is one loaf, so we, although there are many of us, are one single body, for we all share in the one loaf. Now compare the natural people of Israel: is it not true that those who eat the sacrifices share the altar? What does this mean? That the dedication of food to false gods amounts to anything? Or that false gods themselves amount to anything? No, it does not; simply that when pagans sacrifice, what is sacrificed by them is sacrificed to demons who are not God. I do not want you to share with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons as well; you cannot have a share at the Lord's table and the demons' table as well. Do we really want to arouse the Lord's jealousy; are we stronger than he is?

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

If you believe, you will see the glory of God,
thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle returns to the issue of meat sacrificed to idols and urges the Corinthians to flee from idolatry, that is, not to put themselves at the service of the idols of this world. And there are many idols to whom we sometimes make offerings and on whose altars we sacrifice our lives. And perhaps the first idol on whose altar we sacrifice even the things that are most dear to us is our ego. Yes the idolatry of the self is a cult that is constantly growing and is the origin of many evils and conflicts, both near and far. There is the individual ego and the collective ego, the ego of the group or nation. The highest and strongest objection to this idol is the Eucharist itself. The Eucharist is the source of the Church’s life. The Eucharist transforms the Church into the Body of Christ. Participation in the one bread and one chalice make a single body out of many. Saint Augustine wisely says, "In this bread you see what you are and receive what you are." The Eucharist is the work site where the Church is built, where the scattered are gathered, and through the fire of the Spirit, fused together in strong communion that allows them to build that unique spiritual structure where people can find salvation and live in the hope of the Kingdom. When we draw near to the Eucharist, we are transformed into the very body of Christ so that we may have Christ’s own life in us, his feelings and his passion for other people. The early Christians said that they needed to live in a Eucharistic way, that is, with the same spirit as Christ, who in the bread and wine was "broken" and "poured out" for others, without holding back anything for himself. This is what motivated the martyrs of Abitinae, who were killed because they celebrated the Sunday Eucharist. When the judge asked them why, they answered, "We cannot live without the Lord’s day." And many Christians in recent time have become martyrs again because they gathered to celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday. They stand before us to remind us of this incomparable mystery of communion.


09/10/2016
Sunday Vigil


Calendar of the week
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4
Sunday, 4 December
Liturgy of the Sunday
DEC
5
Monday, 5 December
Prayer for the Sick
DEC
6
Tuesday, 6 December
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
DEC
7
Wednesday, 7 December
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
DEC
8
Thursday, 8 December
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
DEC
9
Friday, 9 December
Memory of Jesus crucified
DEC
10
Saturday, 10 December
Sunday Vigil
DEC
11
Sunday, 11 December
Liturgy of the Sunday

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