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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Reading of the Word of God

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Whoever lives and believes in me
will never die.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

2 Corinthians 1, 12-24

There is one thing that we are proud of, namely our conscientious conviction that we have always behaved towards everyone, and especially towards you, with that unalloyed holiness that comes from God, relying not on human reasoning but on the grace of God.

In our writing, there is nothing that you cannot read clearly and understand;

and it is my hope that, just as you have already understood us partially, so you will understand fully that you can be as proud of us as we shall be of you when the Day of our Lord Jesus comes.

It was with this assurance that I had been meaning to come to you first, so that you would benefit doubly;

both to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and then to return to you again from Macedonia, so that you could set me on my way to Judaea.

Since that was my purpose, do you think I lightly changed my mind? Or that my plans are based on ordinary human promptings and I have in my mind Yes, yes at the same time as No, no?

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.

By my life I call on God to be my witness that it was only to spare you that I did not come to Corinth again.

We have no wish to lord it over your faith, but to work with you for your joy; for your stand in the faith is firm.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

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

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

After the first four chapters, which form an extended introduction to the letter, Paul now responds to several issues concerning the life of the community. We can see from the apostle’s words how strong his bond was to the community of Corinth. He decisively takes on the case of incest that had occurred in the community and needed to be resolved. This passage leads us to rediscover our responsibility to correct our brothers and sisters, something that is often disregarded, whether for laziness or disinterest. Correction requires us to take on the responsibility of fraternity. It requires long and patient “work” – which does not exclude harshness – to try to change the heart of the one who has erred and to preserve the growth of the community. The gravity of the sin, as in this case, requires an equally grave decision in order to uproot the danger. But none of this is possible without love, paternal love. Unfortunately, we are sometimes guided by coldness or, worse, indifference. And so we become disinterested in our brothers and sisters. The apostle Paul teaches us to think about the salvation of those who have been stained with serious sins. The harsh judgment about the sinner was made “so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord” (v. 5). Paul’s first words are a reproach because this weed was not pulled up quickly and sternly; instead, the community contented itself with a few words of blame. According to the apostle, the community is responsible for the holiness of all it members: therefore, it is its responsibility – the responsibility of the whole community and of each individual member – to fraternally correct the brothers and sisters in order to drive out evil and build the one body of the Lord according to the spirit of the Gospel. This is the meaning of the fraternal correction that we read about in the Gospel and that reveals concrete solidarity among the members of the one family of God.

Sunday Vigil

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Sunday, 15 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 16 October
Prayer for peace
Tuesday, 17 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 18 October
Memory of the Apostles
Thursday, 19 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 20 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 21 October
Sunday Vigil
Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday