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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of Saint Nil, Russian starlets (+ 1508). He was the father of monks to whom he taught the Lord’s great love for humanity, exhorting them to ask God for His own feelings (macro Imia in Greek).
Memory of the prayer for the new martyrs presided over by John Paul II at the Coliseum in Rome with the representatives of Christian churches.

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 4, 12-20

I urge you, brothers,-be like me, as I have become like you. You have never been unfair to me;

indeed you remember that it was an illness that first gave me the opportunity to preach the gospel to you,

but though my illness was a trial to you, you did not show any distaste or revulsion; instead, you welcomed me as a messenger of God, as if I were Christ Jesus himself.

What has happened to the utter contentment you had then? For I can testify to you that you would have plucked your eyes out, were that possible, and given them to me.

Then have I turned into your enemy simply by being truthful with you?

Their devotion to you has no praiseworthy motive; they simply want to cut you off from me, so that you may centre your devotion on them.

Devotion to a praiseworthy cause is praiseworthy at any time, not only when I am there with you.

My children, I am going through the pain of giving birth to you all over again, until Christ is formed in you;

and how I wish I could be there with you at this moment and find the right way of talking to you: I am quite at a loss with you.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Paul reminds the Galatians of the intense fraternity in which he had lived with them. He wants them to recall his example, "Become as I am!" The apostle knows that the pastor needs to be a model for his flock. He writes to the Corinthians, too, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ!" (1 Cor 11:1). To draw them to Christ, Paul "became as them." And they indeed believed in Jesus. The apostle happily reminds them of the fraternal communion in which they lived together; he not only praises them because they did him "no wrong" but also because they welcomed the Gospel he preached. Paul did not plan to stay in Galatia during his second voyage (cf. Acts 16:6); sickness obliged him to stop there, and he took advantage of this forced stay to preach the Gospel. The Galatians did not refuse his preaching; in fact, they welcomed the apostle "as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus." This is why he can ask the Galatians what has become of the "goodwill" which they felt before. In their joy following their conversion they would have done anything for Paul; and yet, now they allow themselves to be duped by false teachers who work deceitfully ("they make much of you") to pull them away from him. Paul speaks in a fatherly but firm way. The Galatians are his children and he loves them with the love of a mother who gave birth to her child in pain, or even better, who generated Christ in their hearts. The Letter itself (like every preaching) is part of this work of "generation" that continues his apostolic commitment.

Prayer for the Sick

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