GOSPEL COMMUNION: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 26, 2020: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s antiphon re-uses the first half of the antiphon for the same Sunday in Year C but with a different ending to fit the Gospel passage for Year A. The antiphon text is derived as follows:

In the First Reading, God says to Solomon:

“Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
(1 Kings 3:5)

In the Gospel, Jesus tells us:

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
(Matthew 13:45-46)

There is a wonderful exchange in the communion antiphon and psalms sung today: on our part, we ask, seek, and give; in response, God gives more than we ask, helps us find more than we look for, and (in the ecstatic psalm verses from Psalms 73 and 33),

From Psalm 73:

How good God is to Israel,
to those who are pure of heart.

What else have I in heaven but you?
Apart from you I want nothing on earth.

My body and my heart faint for joy;
God is my possession for ever.

To be near God is my happiness.
I have made the Lord God my refuge.

From Psalm 33:

The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
In him do our hearts find joy.
We trust in his holy name.

The psalm verses are set to a tone which follows the contours of the antiphon very closely, providing a sense of organic unity.

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