Sunday

14 Aug 2011

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

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Outsiders are welcome so that the house of God will be for all people.

Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 All the ends of the earth will share in the praise and blessings of God.

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Saint Paul speaks to the Gentiles, explaining their role in the plan of salvation.

Matthew 15:21-28 A Canaanite woman in need approaches Jesus with great humility and much courage.

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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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Who

Who's listening?

Who is in your audience?

Religion spends a lot of time defining boundaries: who belongs and who doesn't, who conforms and who doesn't, who is like us and who isn't. But another major piece of the business of religion is journeying across limits and encountering the outsider.

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Exploring the word

In this age of ours

There’s never been a good time to be an outsider. Social systems are designed to benefit members, and the welfare of outlying parties is not a consideration—normally, that is. Good governments make pacts with their citizens, clubs offer membership privileges, and most religions worth their salt promise salvation of some kind to constituents.

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Homily stories

Life rerouted

When we learned that our soon-to-be-born daughter had Down syndrome, people sent links to articles meant to reassure my husband and me that all would be well. "Welcome to Holland" was sent to us many times over.

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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

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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Homily stories

Healing divisions

Divisions between people of different heritages in the Middle East, so painfully evident in Jesus' encounter with the Canaanite woman, are still with us some 2,000 years later. But a new song aims to heal that division.

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Prayers

Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

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

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Homily themes

Notes on the text

For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? Paul, as usual in Romans, has his feet both in his native Judaism and in his new faith.

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Quotes

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.  --Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)

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