GOSPEL COMMUNION: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 19, 2020: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Option I

One of the underlying principles of the Psallite project is to re-use antiphons when they fit with the readings, with the object of helping the participation of the people. Today’s first option re-uses the same antiphon as the previous week, but with different psalm verses.

The Gospel recounts the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. This antiphon will remind us that we are fed not only by the Bread of Life but by the Word of Life.

The Psalm verses, following the Missal’s suggestion, are from Ps 111. The Collegeville Composers additionally provided extracts from Ps 138.

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time — Option II

Here, the antiphon (derived from Revelation 3:20) is based on the second suggestion in the Missal, chosen to echo the Book of Wisdom in the first reading.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock, says the Lord.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door to me,
I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.

We must not only feed at the table of the Lord but must be ready to extend hospitality to all, for it is the Lord we are welcoming just as we welcome him into our hearts at Communion (“those who are just must be kind” because their Lord is patient and lenient). His Spirit comes to us in our weakness (2nd Reading).

Verses are provided from Sirach 15 and are superimposed on the antiphon. If further verses are required, additional verses from Sirach 14 will be found at the Song for the Table, Option II, on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, which uses the same antiphon.

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