16 Aug 2020

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A


Isaiah 56:1, 6-7  All people will be welcome in the house of the Lord.

Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8  God guides all nations and makes known the divine ways to everyone.

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32  All sin and all are offered the mercy of God.

Matthew 15:21-28  A Canaanite woman challenges Jesus’ understanding of his mission.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

Isaiah asks us to “maintain justice” by doing “what is right.” Think of an instance when you had to make a difficult choice in order to do what was right. Where did you find the strength?

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Exploring the word

A house of prayer for all

Saint John Paul II took the prophet Isaiah at his word. Foreigners who love the name of the Lord and are servants of the one God are welcome into the family of the Lord. Such persons, however different they may seem, should not be shunned or disparaged by God’s church.

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In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

From there Jesus took a trip to Tyre and Sidon. They had hardly arrived when a Canaanite woman came down from the hills and pleaded, “Mercy, Master, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly afflicted by an evil spirit.”

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Homily stories

What a mother will do

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it is often mothers in need who are driven to be inventive for the sake of their children. Such was the story of Sephali Begum, a 26-year-old single mother from Bangladesh who, in concern for the future of her daughter, took the desperate step of offering to sell one of her own eyes.

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Homily stories

Scraps of respect

Years ago, my daughter, Hannah, was baptized in a beautiful ceremony with her godparents and 30 or so family members gathered around the baptismal font. Our pastor kept his comments brief; we prayed, sang a song, and exchanged a sign of peace.

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Homily stories

All are welcome

My father told me the story about his being an immigrant teenager desperately looking for work on the East Coast with his two brothers. Employment office after employment office had signs that said “Italians need not apply” or “No Italians wanted.”

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

We pray for the God's mercy for our sins.

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That is our vocation: to convert . . . the enemy into a guest and to create the free and fearless space where brotherhood and sisterhood can be formed and fully experienced.

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