August 20, 2017: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity…. As violence swirls in our world…
In biblical revelation, peace is much more than the simple absence of war; it represents the fullness of life (cf. Mal 2:5). Far from being the work of human hands, it is one of the greatest gifts that God offers to all men and women, and it involves obedience to the divine plan. Peace is the effect of the blessing that God bestows upon his people: “The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Num 6:26). This peace produces fruitfulness (Is 48:19), well-being (cf. Is 48:18), prosperity (cf. Is 54:13), absence of fear (cf. Lev 26:6) and profound joy (cf. Pr 12:20). (489) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Psalm: 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Just as Jesus prays to the Father and gives thanks before receiving his gifts, so he teaches us filial boldness: “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will.”66 Such is the power of prayer and of faith that does not doubt: “all things are possible to him who believes.”67 Jesus is as saddened by the “lack of faith” of his own neighbors and the “little faith” of his own disciples68 as he is struck with admiration at the great faith of the Roman centurion and the Canaanite woman. (2610)
From the Daily Roman Missal, Introduction to the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: No references this week
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The Lord says welcome all who keep the sabbath free from profanation, keep his covenant. He will bring them to his holy mountain and make joyful in his house of prayer. Their offerings and sacrifices will be acceptable on his altar. For the Lord this includes foreigners who love the name of the Lord and become his servants. Do we do likewise in our parishes? Or do we relegate immigrant parishioners to mass in their native language at the least convenient times, not welcome all in established ministries, lack the patience to work thru language barriers, exploit the generosity of tamales, egg rolls and papusas for parish events, yet those whose hands made them are bystanders and are a diversity of people young to old, financially challenged to financially astute and ethnicities given seats for a voice on parish councils or just a token representation?
If we believe in God, why are we afraid to welcome as God welcomes, to observe what is right and do what is just? For God’s face shines on all of us with equity, not partiality to the ends of the earth. Jesus acknowledged the faith of a Canaanite woman, people despised in Hebrew communities, to heal her daughter at the hour of her request. Do we take time to know people of different cultures, of their faith journey, their spiritual practices to let their witness enrich our faith? Will we encourage our parishes to come together more frequently for liturgy, to listen to a diversity of cultural music and customs? Or do we prefer the mundane, “our way of doing things?”
The Lord said his house is a house of prayer for ALL people. Shall we look around the house of the Lord we attend and see if ALL people are welcome to pray? The immigrant, the homeless, all cultures, people that are seeking God, people of other faith traditions, people seeking sacraments of initiation for their children, people in irregular marriages, people that dress casually, people that like upbeat music and clap their hands and think chant is an exotic ringtone on their cell phone, the vitality of noisy children……How long the list could be !!! God’s house is big enough to welcome all, but do our parishes check “official Catholic” ids at the door, screen out unwanted members instead of accompanying them where they are, denying sacraments, except to the perceived holy. Are pressures of orthodoxy rendering parishes more like TSA checkpoints, where people are denied putting their feet on holy ground? Or will we openly, cheerfully, joyfully and lovingly welcome all people walking in the doors of our parishes for liturgy and ministry?
Individual Reflection: Matthew 15:21-28
How can you contribute to making your parish more welcoming and inclusive to all people coming to the Lord’s house?
Family Reflection: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Attend Mass this coming Sunday in a language other than your native language.
Prayer: Collect for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that loving you in all things and above all things, we may obtain your promises, which surpass every human desire, Through or Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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