HomeMass ReadingDaily Mass Readings for Sunday, 22 August 2021

Daily Mass Readings for Sunday, 22 August 2021

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading: Joshua 24: 1-2a, 15-17, 18b
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 34: 2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23
Second Reading: Ephesians 5: 21-32 or Ephesians 5: 2a, 25-32
Alleluia: John 6: 63c, 68c
Gospel: John 6: 60-69
Lectionary: 122

First Reading: Joshua 24: 1-2a, 15-17, 18b

1 And Josue gathered together all the tribes of Israel in Sichem, and called for the ancients, and the princes, and the judges, and the masters: and they stood in the sight of the Lord:

2a And he spoke thus to the people.

15 If it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, you have your choice: choose this day that which pleaseth you, whom you would rather serve, whether the gods which your fathers served in Mesopotamia, or the gods of the Amorrhites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

16 And the people answered, and said: God forbid we should leave the Lord, and serve strange gods.

17 The Lord our God he brought us and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage: and did very great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way by which we journeyed, and among all the people through whom we passed.

18b Therefore we will serve the Lord, for he is our God.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 34: 2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

2 I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall be always in my mouth.

3 In the Lord shall my soul be praised: let the meek hear and rejoice.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

16 The eyes of the Lord are upon the just: and his ears unto their prayers.

17 But the countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil things: to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

18 The just cried, and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out of all their troubles.

19 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and he will save the humble of spirit.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

20 Many are the afflictions of the just; but out of them all will the Lord deliver them.

21 The Lord keepeth all their bones, not one of them shall be broken.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

22 The death of the wicked is very evil: and they that hate the just shall be guilty.

23 The Lord will redeem the souls of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall offend.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Second Reading: Ephesians 5: 21-32 or Ephesians 5: 2a, 25-32

21 Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ.

22 Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord:

23 Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it:

26 That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life:

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any; such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish.

28 So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.

29 For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church:

30 Because we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.

32 This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church.

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2a And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it:

26 That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life:

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any; such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish.

28 So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.

29 For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church:

30 Because we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.

32 This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church.

Alleluia: John 6: 63c, 68c

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

63c, 68c Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: John 6: 60-69

60Many therefore of his disciples, hearing it, said: This saying is hard, and who can hear it?

61But Jesus, knowing in himself, that his disciples murmured at this, said to them: Doth this scandalize you?

62If then you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

63It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life.

64But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning, who they were that did not believe, and who he was, that would betray him.

65And he said: Therefore did I say to you, that no man can come to me, unless it be given him by my Father.

66After this many of his disciples went back; and walked no more with him.

67Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away?

68And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

69And we have believed and have known, that thou art the Christ, the Son of God.

The readings on this page are taken from the Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible. You can also read the Mass Readings taken from the New Jerusalem Bible, which is used at Mass in most of the English-speaking world. (References, Copyrights).
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