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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Today the Gypsy people, including those of Islamic faith, celebrate Saint George, who died a martyr to free the Church.

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

Acts 18,9-18

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, 'Be fearless; speak out and do not keep silence: I am with you. I have so many people that belong to me in this city that no one will attempt to hurt you.' So Paul stayed there preaching the word of God among them for eighteen months. But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a concerted attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, saying, 'We accuse this man of persuading people to worship God in a way that breaks the Law.' Before Paul could open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, 'Listen, you Jews. If this were a misdemeanour or a crime, it would be in order for me to listen to your plea; but if it is only quibbles about words and names, and about your own Law, then you must deal with it yourselves -- I have no intention of making legal decisions about these things.' Then he began to hustle them out of the court, and at once they all turned on Sosthenes, the synagogue president, and beat him in front of the tribunal. Gallio refused to take any notice at all. After staying on for some time, Paul took leave of the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut off, because of a vow he had made.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

After leaving Athens, Paul arrives in Corinth, a cosmopolitan city and an important commercial centre. He was welcomed into the home of Aquila and Priscilla and made his living making tents. He also intensely devoted himself to preaching to the Jews. But in return he received many insults and great hostility, so he decided to turn to the gentiles. He moved to a new home and the fruits of his renewed preaching did not fail to appear. Even some Jews, like the official of the local synagogue, became Christians. The Corinthian community grew in number and so did its problems. We know the vivaciousness of the Christian community of Corinth from Paul’s two letters. There were moments of serious tension that put the unity of the community itself at risk. Paul probably felt discouragement and fear on more than one occasion. We know this from the account of a night-time dialogue he had with the Lord. At one point the Lord said to him, "Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to harm you, for there are many in this city who are my people." Luke immediately adds that Paul decided to stay another year and a half in Corinth to preach the Gospel. The apostle had understood that the Lord was the rock on which to build effective and strong pastoral action. The Lord was the true protagonist of the life of the Christian community. The Lord himself revealed to Paul, "there are many in this city who are my people." This statement reveals not only an urgent need for preaching, but also a way to preach the Gospel in the city, because it is there that the Lord wants his people to grow. It is in these places, which are so important for the lives of men and women, that the Lord wants to raise up a people that is more humane and filled with the solidarity. This was the challenge for Paul, but it is also the challenge for the Christians of today: how can we communicate the Gospel in the great metropolises of today? We must remember God’s dream, the dream of raising up a people that can witness to the primacy of God and love. There is need for new creativity. Surely there will be opposition, as when Paul was brought before the Roman proconsul to be judged. But the Lord protects and accompanies his children, even today.

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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
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