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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

In the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere the Community of Sant’Egidio prays for the sick.
Memorial of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

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

1 Corinthians 5,1-8

It is widely reported that there is sexual immorality among you, immorality of a kind that is not found even among gentiles: that one of you is living with his stepmother. And you so filled with your own self-importance! It would have been better if you had been grieving bitterly, so that the man who has done this thing were turned out of the community. For my part, however distant I am physically, I am present in spirit and have already condemned the man who behaved in this way, just as though I were present in person. When you have gathered together in the name of our Lord Jesus, with the presence of my spirit, and in the power of our Lord Jesus, hand such a man over to Satan, to be destroyed as far as natural life is concerned, so that on the Day of the Lord his spirit may be saved. Your self-satisfaction is ill founded. Do you not realise that only a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Throw out the old yeast so that you can be the fresh dough, unleavened as you are. For our Passover has been sacrificed, that is, Christ; let us keep the feast, then, with none of the old yeast and no leavening of evil and wickedness, but only the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

After the first four chapters, which form an extended introduction to the Letter, Paul now responds to several issues concerning the life of the community. We can see from the apostle’s words how strong his bond to the community of Corinth was. He decisively takes on the case of incest that had occurred in the community and needed to be resolved. This passage urges us to rediscover our responsibility to correct our brothers and sisters, something that is often disregarded, either out of laziness or disinterest. Correction requires us to become responsible for our brothers and sisters. It requires long and patient "work" – which does not exclude firmness – to try to change the heart of the one who has erred and to promote the growth of the community. The seriousness of the sin, as in this case, requires an equally serious decision in order to uproot the danger. But none of this is possible without love, without a paternal love that knows how to correct. Unfortunately, we are sometimes guided by coldness, or worse, indifference. And so we become disinterested in our brothers and sisters and make hasty or cold decisions. The apostle Paul teaches us to think about the salvation of those who are guilty of serious sins. The harsh judgment made about the sinner was made "so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord" (v. 5). Paul’s first words are a reproach, because this weed was not pulled up quickly and decisively. Instead the community contented itself with a few words of blame. According to the apostle, the community is responsible for the holiness of all of its members: therefore it is its responsibility – the responsibility of the whole community and of each individual member – to fraternally correct its brothers and sisters in order to drive out evil and build the one body of the Lord according to the spirit of the Gospel. This is the meaning of the fraternal correction of which we read in the Gospel, which reveals concrete solidarity among the members of the one family of God. The image of bad yeast, the yeast of malice and evil, helps us understand the scrupulous attention we need to give to rooting out evil. Instead, we need to choose the "unleavened bread of sincerity and truth" to help the community of believers grow according to God’s plan. And, once the community has been leavened, it needs in turn to leaven the entire city.

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