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23/07/2021 Day 204

Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 13:18-23

Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1
Readings on p.1083 and Antiphons on p 1065 of the Daily Missal

Entrance Antiphon
See, I have God for my help. The Lord sustains my soul. I will sacrifice to you with willing heart, and praise your name, O Lord, for it is good.


First Reading: Exodus 20:1-17

A reading from the Book of Exodus

In those days:
God spoke all these words, saying,

“I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself a graven image
or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above,
or that is in the earth beneath,
or that is in the water under the earth;
you shall not bow down to them or serve them;
for I the Lord your God am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children
to the third and the fourth generation
of those who hate me,
but showing mercy to thousands of those
who love me and keep my commandments.
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain;
for the Lord will not hold him guiltless
who takes his name in vain.

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor, and do all your work;
but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God;
in it you shall not do any work,
you, or your son, or your daughter,
your manservant, or your maidservant,
or your cattle,
or the sojourner who is within your gates;
for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
and rested the seventh day;
therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.

“Honor your father and your mother,
that your days may be long in the land
which the Lord your God gives you.

“You shall not kill.

“You shall not commit adultery.

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house;

you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,

or his manservant, or his maidservant,

or his ox, or his donkey,

or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

The Word of the Lord



Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19: (R. John 6:68c)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Lord, you have the words of eternal life.

The law of the Lord is perfect;
it revives the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are steadfast;
they give wisdom to the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right;
they gladden the heart.
The command of the Lord is clear;
it gives light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is pure,
abiding forever.
The judgments of the Lord are true;
they are, all of them, just.

They are more to be desired than gold,
than quantities of gold.
And sweeter are they than honey,
than honey flowing from the comb.

R/. Lord, you have the words of eternal life.

Please stand for the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are those who, hearing the word,
hold it fast in an honest and good heart,
and bring forth fruit with patience.


Gospel: Matthew 13:18-23

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time:
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Hear then the parable of the sower.
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom
and does not understand it,
the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart;
this is what was sown along the path.
As for what was sown on rocky ground,
this is he who hears the word
and immediately receives it with joy;
yet he has no root in himself
but endures for a while,
and when tribulation or persecution arises
on account of the word,
immediately he falls away.
As for what was sown among thorns,
this is he who hears the word,
but the cares of the world
and the delight in riches choke the word,
and it proves unfruitful.
As for what was sown on good soil,
this is he who hears the word and understands it;
he indeed bears fruit,
and yields, in one case a hundredfold,
in another sixty,
and in another thirty.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Communion Antiphon
The Lord, the gracious, the merciful, has made a memorial of his wonders; he gives food to those who fear him.

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