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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memory of Saints Cyrillus and Methodius, fathers of the Slavic Church and patrons of Europe.

Reading of the Word of God

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

1 Corinthians 1, 10-16

Brothers, I urge you, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, not to have factions among yourselves but all to be in agreement in what you profess; so that you are perfectly united in your beliefs and judgements.

From what Chloe's people have been telling me about you, brothers, it is clear that there are serious differences among you.

What I mean is this: every one of you is declaring, 'I belong to Paul,' or 'I belong to Apollos,' or 'I belong to Cephas,' or 'I belong to Christ.'

Has Christ been split up? Was it Paul that was crucified for you, or was it in Paul's name that you were baptised?

I am thankful I did not baptise any of you, except Crispus and Gaius,

so that no one can say that you were baptised in my name.

Yes, I did baptise the family of Stephanas, too; but besides these I do not think I baptised anyone.


Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Praise to you, o Lord, King of eternal glory

Even though they were composed of a mix of poor people and people of a certain wealth, the Christians of Corinth were all made “saints,” that is, participants in the Church, the family of God. Fully aware of the new relationships that were forming between the members of this one family, Paul calls them “brothers and sisters.” This is the first time he uses this expression. It is a gift to be a member of this family; it is a grace that enriches those who are called to be part of it. The apostle just reminded his readers of this fact: “for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind.” Being children of this unique family means sharing in the knowledge that it shelters. This is why Christians are called to give thanks to the Lord and to remain strengthened “to the end.” But to remain strong, we all need to “be in agreement,” and “there should be no divisions” among us, so that we can “be united in the same mind and the same purpose.” The “Lord’s family” needs to have the same thoughts; it needs to live with “one heart and one soul,” as is written in Acts. This communion is the very reason the community exists, gathered by one shepherd, by one teacher, the Lord Jesus. Unfortunately, the demon of division, which lurks in everyone’s heart, chips away at communion, damages it, and even kills it, unless he is restrained with the bridle of love - unless he is stopped. This is why the apostle intervenes immediately. He knows what grave danger the community of Corinth is in. The various factions that have formed appeal to different figures. But Paul reminds the Corinthians to look to the one Teacher, Jesus. And Jesus cannot be divided; his Gospel cannot be torn apart by the particularities of each individual. Everyone is called to die to him or herself in order to welcome into his or her heart “the feelings that are in Christ Jesus,” and that strengthens the community of disciples.

Memory of the Church

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