14 Aug 2022

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


Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10  Jeremiah stays loyal to God over country, or at least that’s how his enemies see it.

Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18  If we wait on God’s rescue faithfully, God will give us reason to sing a new song.

Hebrews 12:1-4  Jesus demonstrates what faith in God really means when he accepts the cross.

Luke 12:49-53  Jesus does not come to establish mere earthly harmony but a blazing fire of truth.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

At Masses around the world every day, millions of people, in the words of the gospel, “eat and drink” with the Lord—would Jesus disown any of them, the way the master does in the gospel story?

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Exploring the word

New world vs. old world

Jesus once used a metaphor we don’t hear today that’s good to keep in mind when we hear this passage proclaimed. It’s the one about how new wine just doesn’t fit in old wine skins. When the new wine expands, the old stretched-out skins will burst, and there goes the wine.

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Homily stories

Prayer will change your heart

I had a particularly ugly experience of division last summer. While visiting a farm with my parish migrant camp outreach group, we had a nasty confrontation with the farmer. We’ve had them before, but this man’s tirade was scarier and more threatening than usual.

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Homily stories

Feeling the heat?

Fans of country music might recall a song by Garth Brooks called “Standing Outside the Fire.” In the refrain he sings, “Standing outside the fire / Standing outside the fire / Life is not tried—it is merely survived / If you’re standing outside the fire.”

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Brothers and sisters, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and so prepare ourselves to receive the Lord.

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There is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for his own great sacrifice of boundless charity.

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