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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

In the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere the Community of Sant’Egidio prays for the sick.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Galatians 1,6-12

I am astonished that you are so promptly turning away from the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are going over to a different gospel- not that it is another gospel; except that there are trouble-makers among you who are seeking to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we ourselves or an angel from heaven preaches to you a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let God's curse be on him. I repeat again what we declared before: anyone who preaches to you a gospel other than the one you were first given is to be under God's curse. Whom am I trying to convince now, human beings or God? Am I trying to please human beings? If I were still doing that I should not be a servant of Christ. Now I want to make it quite clear to you, brothers, about the gospel that was preached by me, that it was no human message. It was not from any human being that I received it, and I was not taught it, but it came to me through a revelation of Jesus Christ.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul opens his Letter to the "churches of Galatia" - the central region of present Turkey - by pointing out in a special way that his authority as an apostle comes not through his own initiative, but "through a revelation of Jesus Christ." His preaching, therefore, reflects the very authority of Jesus and therefore of "God the Father". Paul adds that the letter was written with "all the members of God’s family who are with me," as if to say that pastoral ministry is never detached from the community and its life. The solemn opening of the letter responds to the serious danger in which these communities were living. Some bad teachers, in fact, not only questioned Paul’s apostolic authority, but also emptied the heart of the "Gospel of Christ" that he had preached, namely, that salvation is given only by faith in Jesus, the only Saviour. Paul knows that this Gospel is so central in Christianity that if he, or even an angel or anyone else, came to preach a different message they should be "accursed." This firmness stems from Paul’s concern to preserve the integrity of the "Gospel of Christ." In this way the apostle shows that he himself is the first to obey what he received from Jesus. Therefore what the bad teachers want people to believe about him in order to discredit him, saying that he wants merely "human approval," is radically false. The apostle claims to want only God’s approval, precisely because he preaches only what he has received as a gift from Jesus. Several times, he clarifies that his ministry is all about "serving" the Gospel of Christ, as he also repeated to the Corinthians: "Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they should be found trustworthy"(1 Cor 4:1ff). This example of Paul is given to each believer and even more so to every minister of the Gospel: we all have to follow it if we want to be faithful disciples of Jesus.

Prayer for the Sick