20 Aug 2017

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  The house of God has a welcome for all, and salvation is open to all.

Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 (4)  All nations find reason to praise the God who guides all people.

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32  Paul chooses to be the apostle to Gentiles so that all may hear the divine call.

Matthew 15:21-28  A distressed outsider seeks the help of Israel’s healer and teacher.

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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

How far does our mission go?

We’re the church, a people on a mission: to bring good news wherever it’s yet to be heard. We know what to do. We may be less clear on how to do it. Our resolve might be weak. And then there’s the question: Just how far does this mission extend? What are the limits of our responsibility, at which point we might reasonably claim: Mission accomplished?

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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

Mother knows best

It started at dinner with rude behavior to the waiter and to all of us sitting at the table. Then it was the refusal to join us on the boat ride as we toured the lake we had come to spend a long weekend enjoying. It escalated to surliness and sniping later that evening as we all tried to watch a movie together.

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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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