Sunday Readings: TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 17/8/2014

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON  Ps 83:10. 11

God, our protector, keep us in mind; always give strength to your people. For if we can be with you even one day, it is better than a thousand without you.

 

OPENING PRAYER

God our Father, may we love you in all things and above all things and reach the joy you have prepared for us beyond all our imagining.

 

FIRST READING

A reading from the prophet Isaiah 56, 1. 6-7

Theme: I will bring foreigners to my holy mountain.

Thus says the Lord: Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest. Foreigners who have attached themselves to the Lord to serve him and to love his name and be his servants – all  who observe the Sabbath, not profaning it, and cling to my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 66, 2-3. 5-6.8. R.v.4

R. Let the peoples praise you, O God: let all the peoples praise you.

1.  O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us. So will your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn your saving help. (R.)

2.  Let the nations be glad and exult for you rule the world with justice. With fairness you rule the peoples, you guide the nations on earth. (R.)

3.  Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. May God still give us his blessing till the ends of the earth revere him. (R.)

 

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans 11, 13-15. 29-32

Theme: God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice.

Let me tell you pagans this: I have been sent to the pagans as their apostle, and I am proud of being sent, but the purpose of it is to make my own people envious of you, and in this way save some of them. Since their rejection meant the reconciliation of the world, do you know what their admission will mean? Nothing less than a resurrection from the dead! God never take back his gifts or revokes his choice. Just as you changed from being disobedient to God, and now enjoy mercy because of their disobedience, so those who are disobedient now – and only because of the mercy shown to you – will also enjoy mercy eventually. God has imprisoned all men in their own disobedience only to show mercy to all mankind.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATIONS  Jn 1:12. 14

The Word was made flesh and lived among us; to all who did accept him he gave power to become children of God. Alleluia!

 

 

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 15: 21-28

Theme: Woman, you have great faith.

Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, “Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.” But he answered her not a word. And his disciples went and pleaded with him, “Give her what she wants”, they said “because she is shouting after us.” He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. “Lord,” she said “help me.” He replied, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.” She retorted, “Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, you have great faith. Let your  wish be granted.” And from that moment her daughter was well again.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 

PRAYER OVER THE GIFTS

Lord, accept our sacrifice as a holy exchange of gifts. By offering what you have given us may we receive the gift of yourself.

 

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps 129:7

With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption

 

Or   Jn 6: 51-52

I am the living bread from heaven, says the Lord; if anyone eats this bread he will live for ever.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

God of mercy, by this sacrament you make us one with Christ. By becoming more like him on earth, may we come to share his glory in heaven.

 

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