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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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 15,12-20

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you be saying that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ cannot have been raised either, and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without substance, and so is your faith. What is more, we have proved to be false witnesses to God, for testifying against God that he raised Christ to life when he did not raise him -- if it is true that the dead are not raised. For, if the dead are not raised, neither is Christ; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is pointless and you have not, after all, been released from your sins. In addition, those who have fallen asleep in Christ are utterly lost. If our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are of all people the most pitiable. In fact, however, Christ has been raised from the dead, as the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

So far, the apostle has tried to bring order to the community of Corinth: he has answered several moral questions and set down some rules on how to behave, including in the liturgical assemblies. Now he takes on the central mystery of the faith, which is also the heart of the liturgical celebration to which the apostle pays particular attention in this letter: the mystery of Jesus’ resurrection. It is the heart of the Gospel that Paul proclaimed. At the beginning of chapter 15, he warns: "Now I should remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved" (15:1). But only, the apostle continues, "if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you" (15:2). Christian faith, even in its content, is a gift that is received. The apostle lashes out violently against those who maintain, "there is no resurrection of the dead" (15:12). This would negate the very resurrection of Jesus and consequently both the Gospel and the faith would be empty. Indeed, salvation is precisely this: Jesus has risen from the dead and has become the "the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep," that is, the first of the children of God who has awakened back to life and reached full salvation. Jesus gave the disciples a foretaste of this when he stayed with them for forty days after Easter. From that Easter morning the disciples, even though they were still incredulous, could see that death no longer had absolute power. Jesus had conquered death. And if the "head" of the body is risen, so too the other members, the disciples, will rise from the dead. The disciples of Jesus of all times, including us, are walking towards the fulfilment of the resurrection at the end of time, when God will be all in all. This is the mystery that we celebrate every Sunday in the Eucharist. After the consecration, the Church has us say, "We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again." We live now what we will live fully at the end of time.

Memory of Jesus crucified

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