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Readings of the day: Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome
Thursday, 05 August 2021

Reading for the Day
Numbers 20:1-13

  • 1 The Israelites, the whole congregation, came into the wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh. Miriam died there, and was buried there.
  • 2 Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and against Aaron.
  • 3 The people quarrelled with Moses and said, ‘Would that we had died when our kindred died before the Lord!
  • 4 Why have you brought the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness for us and our livestock to die here?
  • 5 Why have you brought us up out of Egypt, to bring us to this wretched place? It is no place for grain, or figs, or vines, or pomegranates; and there is no water to drink.’
  • 6 Then Moses and Aaron went away from the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting; they fell on their faces, and the glory of the Lord appeared to them.
  • 7 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
  • 8 Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and your brother Aaron, and command the rock before their eyes to yield its water. Thus you shall bring water out of the rock for them; thus you shall provide drink for the congregation and their livestock.
  • 9 So Moses took the staff from before the Lord, as he had commanded him.
  • 10 Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, ‘Listen, you rebels, shall we bring water for you out of this rock?’
  • 11Then Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock twice with his staff; water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their livestock drank.
  • 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Because you did not trust in me, to show my holiness before the eyes of the Israelites, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.’
  • 13 These are the waters of Meribah, where the people of Israel quarrelled with the Lord, and by which he showed his holiness.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 95:1-2, 6-9

Response: If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.


  • 1 O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
  • 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! R
  • 6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
  • 7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would hearken to his voice! R
  • 8 Harden not your hearts, as at Mer'ibah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
  • 9 when your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. R


Gospel for the Day
Matthew 16:13-23

  • 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare'a Philip'pi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that the Son of man is?"
  • 14 And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli'jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
  • 15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
  • 16 Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
  • 17 And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
  • 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
  • 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
  • 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
  • 21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
  • 22 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you."
  • 23 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me; for you are not on the side of God, but of men."
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