5. READINGS FOR THE DAY

The readings for Sunday 20 in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah

(Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 NRSV)

                        Thus says the LORD:
            Maintain justice, and do what is right,
            for soon my salvation will come
                        and my deliverance be revealed.
 
               And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
                        to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
                        and to be his servants,
            all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it,
                        and hold fast my covenant—
            these I will bring to my holy mountain,
                        and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
            their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
                        will be accepted on my altar;
            for my house shall be called a house of prayer
                        for all peoples.
 

Responsorial Psalm

(Psalm 66(67): 2-3, 5-6, 8 NRSV)

Resp: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
 
            May God be gracious to us and bless us
                        and make his face to shine upon us,
            that your way may be known upon earth,
                        your saving power among all nations.
 
Resp: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
 
            Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
                        for you judge the peoples with equity
                        and guide the nations upon earth.
 
Resp: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
 
               The earth has yielded its increase;
                        God, our God, has blessed us.
            May God continue to bless us;
                        let all the ends of the earth revere him.
 
Resp: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.


A reading from the Letter to the Romans

Rm 11:13-15, 29-32 (NRSV)

Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead!

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

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