GOSPEL COMMUNION: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 30, 2020: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Collegeville Composers reused the antiphon from the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 28 this year), as its wording is even closer to this Sunday’s Gospel passage:

Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)

echoed in the Year A antiphon in the Graduale:

Whoever wishes to come after me,
let him deny himself
and take up his cross and follow me,
says the Lord.

The psalm, with verses extracted from Ps 116, makes the link with Eucharist explicit in verses 13 and 17:

The cup of salvation I will raise;
I will call on the Lord’s name.

and

A thanksgiving sacrifice I make;
I will call on the Lord’s name.

As we process to Communion, we may also remember these words from the Second Reading:

Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.
Do not conform yourselves to this age
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)

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