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20/08/2021 Day 232

Ruth 1:3-6.14b-16.22; Matthew 22:34-40

Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot & Doctor of the Church
Readings on p.1185 and Antiphons on p 1727 of the Daily Missal

Entrance Antiphon
Filled by the Lord with a spirit of understanding, blessed Bernard ministered streams of clear teaching to the people of God.


First Reading: Ruth 1:3-6.14b-16.22

The beginning of the Book of Ruth

In the days when the judges ruled
there was a famine in the land,
and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah
went to sojourn in the country of Moab,
he and his wife Naomi and his two sons.

But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died,
and she was left with her two sons.
These took Moabite wives;
the name of the one was Orpah
and the name of the other Ruth.
They lived there about ten years,
and both sons died,
so that the woman was bereft of her two sons and her husband.

Then she started with her daughters-in-law
to return from the country of Moab,
for she had heard in the country of Moab
that the Lord had visited his people and given them food.

And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law and went back,
but Ruth clung to her.

And she said, “See,
your sister-in-law has gone back to her people
and to her gods;
return after your sister-in-law.”
But Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you
or to return from following you;
for where you go I will go,
and where you lodge I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God.”

So Naomi returned,
and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her,
who returned from the country of Moab.
And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 146:5-10 (R.1b)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. My soul, give praise to the Lord.

Blessed is he who is helped by Jacob’s God,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made the heavens and the earth,
the seas and all they contain,

It is the Lord who preserves fidelity forever,
who does justice to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord who sets prisoners free.

It is the Lord who opens the eyes of the blind,
the Lord who raises up those who are bowed down.
It is the Lord who loves the just,
the Lord who protects the stranger

The Lord upholds the orphan and the widow,
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever,
the God of Sion from age to age.

R/. My soul, give praise to the Lord.

Please stand for the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia.
Teach me your paths, O Lord. Guide me in your truth.


Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time:
When the Pharisees heard
that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together.
And one of them, a lawyer,
asked him a question, to test him.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

And he said to him,
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul,
and with all your mind.
This is the great and first commandment.
And a second is like it,
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
On these two commandments
depend all the law and the prophets.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Communion Antiphon
As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love, says the Lord.

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