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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 Corinthians 1,1-9

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and Sosthenes, our brother, to the church of God in Corinth, to those who have been consecrated in Christ Jesus and called to be God's holy people, with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord as well as ours. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I am continually thanking God about you, for the grace of God which you have been given in Christ Jesus; in him you have been richly endowed in every kind of utterance and knowledge; so firmly has witness to Christ taken root in you. And so you are not lacking in any gift as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; he will continue to give you strength till the very end, so that you will be irreproachable on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ. You can rely on God, who has called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

As if to obey Jesus’ command to go "two by two," Paul, an apostle, sends a letter to "the church of God that is in Corinth" together with Sostenes. The word "ecclesia" was certainly well known in Corinth. It referred to the meeting of the inhabitants of the city who enjoyed the full rights of citizenship. By calling the Christians of Corinth "the church of God," he wanted to help them understand that they were an assembly, a community, gathered by God in the city of Corinth. There is a deep bond between the Church and the city. Beyond their numbers, believers have the horizon of the city before them, not their own interests or their own limited horizons. Believers are sent to the entire city, because it is to the city that they must testify to the Gospel of love and resurrection. Christians are not a secluded island, a self-sufficient group turned in on itself. They are called to be leavening of love for the entire city. And the Christian communities in various cities are linked together to make them all places of peace and mercy. God has chosen them and made them "saints," that is, "separated," not because they are indifferent to what surrounds them, but because they are a leavening of love for it. The various communities are then united with the other communities spread throughout the various cities of world. The local community therefore cannot do without the others, wherever they may be. Before Paul’s eyes appears the great mystery of the people of the Lord, that has been gathered from every part of the earth. This sense of universality - today we would say globalization - is an original element of the Christian faith. This does not diminish Paul’s attention to the community of Corinth. Indeed, Paul thanks the Lord for the progress they have made. His words make them understand that Lord’s generosity in giving them gifts corresponds to the Corinthians generosity in responding to the Gospel: "The testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift." The community of Corinth did not appear tired or lukewarm, but "rich" with love. The reason for this is confirmed by the apostle: they have been "strengthened" in "the fellowship" of Christ. Jesus had said to the disciples: "Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit."

Memory of the Church

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Sunday, 22 October
Liturgy of the Sunday
Monday, 23 October
Memory of the Poor
Tuesday, 24 October
Memory of the Mother of the Lord
Wednesday, 25 October
Memory of the Saints and the Prophets
Thursday, 26 October
Memory of the Church
Friday, 27 October
Memory of Jesus crucified
Saturday, 28 October
Memory of the Apostles
Sunday, 29 October
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