20th Sunday in ordinary time (B)
First Reading (Prov 9, 1-6)
A reading from the Book of Proverbs
Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns; she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine, yet she has spread her table. She has sent out her maidens; she calls from the heights out over the city : “Let whoever is simple turn in here”; to the one who lacks understanding, she says, “Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding.”
R/ Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the Lord; the lowly will hear me and be glad. R/
Glorify the Lord with me, let us together extol his name. I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. R/
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. When the poor one called out, the Lord heard, and from all his distress he saved him. R/
Second Reading ( Eph 5, 15-20)
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians
Brothers and sisters : Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and praying to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for verything in the name or ouf Lord Jesus Christ to Godthe father.
R/ Alleluia, alleluia.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
The Gospel (John 6, 51-58)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Jesus said to the crowds : “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoevers eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still dies, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.