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The Everyday Prayer

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

Memorial of Sant’Egidio (Saint Giles), a monk who came to the West. He lived in France and became the father of many monks. The Community of Sant’Egidio took its name from the church dedicated to him in Rome. We remember the beginning of the Second World War and pray for the end to all wars. The Orthodox Church begins its liturgical year. Word day of prayer for the care of creation.

Reading of the Word of God

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 3,18-23

There is no room for self-delusion. Any one of you who thinks he is wise by worldly standards must learn to be a fool in order to be really wise. For the wisdom of the world is folly to God. As scripture says: He traps the crafty in the snare of their own cunning and again: The Lord knows the plans of the wise and how insipid they are. So there is to be no boasting about human beings: everything belongs to you, whether it is Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, the world, life or death, the present or the future -- all belong to you; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

"All things are yours," the Apostle writes twice in just two verses. This truth might seem somewhat exaggerated, or at least abstract, in the eyes of those who struggle to obtain a bit of human glory, trying to earn it either through their strength or their wits. It is a vain effort to build for ourselves, because everything that is worth having is already in our hands, because we have already received everything from God. True wisdom is recognizing this gift that we have received: "For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you." Yes, everything is ours. Indeed we have been given - for free - the entire treasure of salvation. It is not the fruit of our efforts or our conquests; it is not something we can boast about. We need to be careful not to deceive ourselves. This temptation often shows its face in the hearts and minds of believers. We have been given everything by God: the Gospel of love, our brothers and sisters in the Church, and with them our future and the future of the world. True wisdom is to accept this mystery from God for the entire world, a mystery in which we can take part because of grace. It is a mystery we must welcome, preserve, and communicate throughout the world, without ever tiring. It can be easy for the disciples to forget that they are servants and not masters and perhaps not feel the urgency of communicating this mystery to the ends of the earth. It is essential for us to welcome the vision of God’s plan, of which we are servants, driving away every temptation to turn in on ourselves or be lazy. In summary the apostle writes: "You belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God." It is a claim that dismantles every attempt to turn in on ourselves: today the Church is called to look towards the final goal, God himself, and to follow Jesus so that the entire world and all of human history will be directed towards the Father who is in heaven. The Lord Jesus, the firstborn, stands before us, urging us all to embrace his plan for the salvation of the entire world.

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