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14/08/2021 Day 226

Joshua 24:14-29; Matthew 19:13-15

Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest & Martyr
Readings on p.1164 and Antiphons on p 1716 of the Daily Missal

Entrance Antiphon
Come, you blessed of my Father, says the Lord. Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me.


First Reading: Joshua 24:14-29

A reading from the Book of Joshua

In those days:
Joshua spoke to the people saying,
“Now therefore fear the Lord,
and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness;
put away the gods which your ancestors served beyond the River,
and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
And if you be unwilling to serve the Lord,
choose this day whom you will serve,
whether the gods your ancestors served
in the region beyond the River,
or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell;
but as for me and my house,
we will serve the Lord.”

Then the people answered,
“Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord,
to serve other gods;
for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors
up from the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage,
and who did those great signs in our sight,
and preserved us in all the way that we went,
and among all the peoples through whom we passed;
and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples,
the Amorites who lived in the land;
therefore we also will serve the Lord,
for he is our God.”

But Joshua said to the people,
“You cannot serve the Lord;
for he is a holy God;
he is a jealous God;
he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins.
If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods,
then he will turn and do you harm,
and consume you,
after having done you good.”

And the people said to Joshua, “No;
but we will serve the Lord.”

Then Joshua said to the people,
“You are witnesses against yourselves
that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.”

And they said, “We are witnesses.”

He said,
“Then put away the foreign gods which are among you,
and incline your heart to the Lord, the God of Israel.”

And the people said to Joshua,
“The Lord our God we will serve,
and his voice we will obey.”

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day,
and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.
And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God;
and he took a great stone,
and set it up there under the oak
in the sanctuary of the Lord.
And Joshua said to all the people,
“Behold, this stone shall be a witness against us;
for it has heard all the words of the Lord which he spoke to us; therefore it shall be a witness against you,
lest you deal falsely with your God.”
So Joshua sent the people away,
every man to his inheritance.

After these things Joshua the son of Nun,
the servant of the Lord, died,
being a hundred and ten years old.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial psalm: Psalm 16:1-2a and 5. 7-8. 11 (R. see 5a)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/.  It is you, O Lord, who are my portion.

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord.”

O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
you yourself who secure my lot.

I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,
who even at night directs my heart.
I keep the Lord before me always;
with him at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence,
at your right hand, bliss forever.

R/. It is you, O Lord, who are my portion.

Please stand for the Gospel

Alleluia, Alleluia
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
that you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.



Gospel: Matthew 19:13-15

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time:
Children were brought to Jesus
that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
The disciples rebuked the people;
but Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me,
and do not hinder them;
for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
And he laid his hands on them and went away.

The Gospel of the Lord

Communion Antiphon
Greater love has no one than to lay down his life for his friends, says the Lord.

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