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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon you.
The child you shall bear will be holy.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 Corinthians 6,1-11

Is one of you with a complaint against another so brazen as to seek judgement from sinners and not from God's holy people? Do you not realise that the holy people of God are to be the judges of the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent for petty cases? Do you not realise that we shall be the judges of angels?-then quite certainly over matters of this life. But when you have matters of this life to be judged, you bring them before those who are of no account in the Church! I say this to make you ashamed of yourselves. Can it really be that it is impossible to find in the community one sensible person capable of deciding questions between brothers, and that this is why brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? No; it is a fault in you, by itself, that one of you should go to law against another at all: why do you not prefer to suffer injustice, why not prefer to be defrauded? And here you are, doing the injustice and the defrauding, and to your own brothers. Do you not realise that people who do evil will never inherit the kingdom of God? Make no mistake -- the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, the self-indulgent, sodomites, thieves, misers, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers, none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. Some of you used to be of that kind: but you have been washed clean, you have been sanctified, and you have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Look down, O Lord, on your servants.
Be it unto us according to your word.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Apostle wants to correct another abuse that sees in the community of Corinth. He has such high regard for the Christian community that he is astounded to see that when there is a dispute - caused by self interest - with other Christians, instead of going to the "saints," that is, to Christians, the Christians of Corinth go to gentile courts. This reveals an unacceptable level of subjection of the community to the world. The apostle does not want to exempt believers from civil justice or declare that civil courts are incompetent or unjust. But he feels it is wrong for Christians to seek justice at gentile courts. The apostle maintains that it is already a serious matter for there to be quarrels among the believers: "To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you." But if quarrels arise, they need to be faced in the spirit of fraternity of the family of God, with the help of the wiser members of the Christian community. We should not forget that elsewhere the apostle says, "Do not let the sun go down on your anger." We all need to be born again every day, to ask each other for forgiveness every day, to exchange the peace every day, and to ask God to help us do his will every day. The apostle recalls the sadness in which the Christians of Corinth lived before they joined the community. However, through the work of the Lord: "You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified." We cannot live with the same standards and the same habits as the world from which we were freed and brought into salvation. If we did, it would mean denying the newness of the life that was so generously and freely given to us.

Memory of the Mother of the Lord

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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
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