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Monday 21 August 2017    (other days)
Monday of week 20 in Ordinary Time
 (Saint Pius X, Pope )

Readings at Mass

Liturgical Colour: White.


First readingJudges 2:11-19 ©
The sons of Israel did what displeases the Lord, and served the Baals. They deserted the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from the gods of the peoples round them. They bowed down to these; they provoked the Lord; they deserted the Lord to serve Baal and Astarte. Then the Lord’s anger flamed out against Israel. He handed them over to pillagers who plundered them; he delivered them to the enemies surrounding them, and they were not able to resist them. In every warlike venture, the hand of the Lord was there to foil them, as the Lord had warned, as the Lord had sworn to them. Thus he reduced them to dire distress.
  Then the Lord appointed judges for them, and rescued the men of Israel from the hands of their plunderers. But they would not listen to their judges. They prostituted themselves to other gods, and bowed down before these. Very quickly they left the path their ancestors had trodden in obedience to the orders of the Lord; they did not follow their example. When the Lord appointed judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and rescued them from the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived, for the Lord felt pity for them as they groaned under the iron grip of their oppressors. But once the judge was dead, they relapsed and behaved even worse than their ancestors. They followed other gods; they served them and bowed before them, and would not give up the practices and stubborn ways of their ancestors at all.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 105(106):34-37,39-40,43-44 ©
Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people.
They failed to destroy the peoples
  as the Lord had given command,
but instead they mingled with the nations
  and learned to act as they did.
Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people.
They worshipped the idols of the nations
  and these became a snare to entrap them.
They even offered their own sons
  and their daughters in sacrifice to demons.
Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people.
So they defiled themselves by their deeds
  and broke their marriage bond with the Lord
till his anger blazed against his people;
  he was filled with horror at his chosen ones.
Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people.
Time after time he rescued them,
  but in their malice they dared to defy him.
In spite of this he paid heed to their distress,
  so often as he heard their cry.
Lord, remember us, for the love you bear your people.

Gospel AcclamationMt5:3
Alleluia, alleluia!
Happy the poor in spirit:
the kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Alleluia!

Gospel
Matthew 19:16-22 ©
There was a man who came to Jesus and asked, ‘Master, what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is one alone who is good. But if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ He said, ‘Which?’ ‘These:’ Jesus replied ‘You must not kill. You must not commit adultery. You must not bring false witness. Honour your father and mother, and: you must love your neighbour as yourself.’ The young man said to him, ‘I have kept all these. What more do I need to do?’ Jesus said, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But when the young man heard these words he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.

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