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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Anniversary of the inauguration of the pastoral ministry Benedict XVI.

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

Titus 1, 10-16

And in fact there are many people who are insubordinate, who talk nonsense and try to make others believe it, particularly among those of the circumcision.

They must be silenced: people of this kind upset whole families, by teaching things that they ought not to, and doing it for the sake of sordid gain.

It was one of themselves, one of their own prophets, who said, 'Cretans were never anything but liars, dangerous animals, all greed and laziness';

and that is a true statement. So be severe in correcting them, and make them sound in the faith

so that they stop taking notice of Jewish myths and the orders of people who turn away from the truth.

To those who are pure themselves, everything is pure; but to those who have been corrupted and lack faith, nothing can be pure -- the corruption is both in their minds and in their consciences.

They claim to know God but by their works they deny him; they are outrageously rebellious and quite untrustworthy for any good work.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul knows that there are some in Crete who are putting the unity of the community at risk with their personal visions. Even though these people are part of the community, they oppose its doctrine and established rules. The apostle calls them "idle talkers" because their words are empty chatter; nonetheless they are dangerous "deceivers" because they corrupt the believers by pretending to have greater understanding and a more ascetic life. Paul asks Titus not let them speak in the assembly because their goal is not the edification of the community but their own personal advantage. Their work is based on the evil tradition of the Cretans who let themselves be swept away by their capacity for falsehood, brutality, and laziness. Paul, who has had personal experience with these people, warns Titus that he has to resist this tendency towards error and keep the Christians "sound in the faith." Only "sound teaching" (1 Tim 1:10) can guarantee a good life. The "Jewish myths" to which Paul refers are perhaps the Gnostic-leaning doctrines related to Jewish precepts about purification and food. Repeating the teaching of the Gospel, the apostle affirms that "to the pure all things are pure" (Mk 7:14). Whoever has a pure heart and mind sees nothing evil in creation, because "everything created by God is good" (1 Tim 4:4). But when someone’s mind and heart are contaminated by pride and a spirit of violence, their entire lives are infected. The true wise person is the disciple who listens to the Word of God and tries to put it into practice. Whoever boasts about knowing God but does not listen to the Gospel and denies it with his or her actions, is far from salvation.

Prayer for peace

Calendar of the week
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