17 Aug 2014

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 In the universal vision of the prophet, all are welcome into the house of God.

Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 All the nations on earth will marvel that the way of the Lord is just.

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 All are disobedient—which means all have the chance to receive God's mercy.

Matthew 15:21-28 A Canaanite mother comes to Jesus for help. And she's not leaving till she gets it.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

Jesus teaches us there are no exceptions to God’s blessings. Be persistent in your faith and mercy will be shown you, guaranteed.

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Exploring the word

Go ahead: Surprise me!

Theologians have a lot to say about the omniscience of God. The bottom line of every discussion comes down to this: God knows everything.

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In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

He said, “It’s not right to take bread out of children’s mouths and throw it to dogs.” She was quick: “You’re right. Master, but beggar dogs do get scraps from the master’s table.

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Homily stories

All are welcome

All Are Welcome isn’t a motto or a song. It is a goal that we can only reach together.

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

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Homily themes

Notes on the text

God’s generous offer to all to worship on the mountain of God both involve requirements as well: following the commandments and faith.

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Sign & sacrament

Don’t prejudice the outcome

The lesson for all of us is to seek the path beyond our own prejudice to the point where admiration and compassion rule the day in our interactions with others.

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We are the other of the other. —Marcus Aurelius

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