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Readings of the day: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, 16 August 2020

Reading for the Day
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7

  • 1 Thus says the LORD: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
  • 6 "And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, every one who keeps the sabbath, and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant --
  • 7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 67:2-3, 5-6, 8

Response: O God, let all the nations praise you!

  • 1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, R
  • 2 that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving power among all nations.
  • 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for thou dost judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. R
  • 5 Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee!
  • 7 God has blessed us; let all the ends of the earth fear him! R

Second Reading for the Day
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32

  • 13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry
  • 14 in order to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.
  • 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
  • 29 For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.
  • 30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience,
  • 31 so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy.
  • 32 For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all.

Gospel for the Day

Matthew 15:21-28

  • 21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
  • 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon."
  • 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us."
  • 24 He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
  • 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me."
  • 26 And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
  • 27 She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
  • 28 Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.
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