Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 20, 2017

Canannite womanThis is the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us that God’s mercy is intended for all people, not just the “chosen few”, and challenge us to have conversations with God that are real and honest, as our conversations should be with each other. The mystery of God's plan is that God's reach is always wider than we might imagine. We are called to be courageously persistent and honest in our prayer, and open to embrace all people as equally beloved of God.

This is the mystery of our Church, that all men and women are brothers and sisters, all one in Christ, all bear the image of the Eternal God.” (U.S. Catholic Bishops, Brother and Sisters to Us, 1979)

Let us be renewed by God’s mercy…and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” (Pope Francis)

The Sunday Readings:

  • Isaiah 56:1, 6-7. Non-Jews are beloved of God, because God's plan embraces all the nations. God’s house will be a house of prayer for everyone.
  • Romans 11:13–15, 29–32. Paul is still struggling with the inclusion of non-Jews in the community of Jesus, yet he can only conclude that God has mercy upon all, Jew and Gentile alike. God’s gift, through the Jews, is reconciliation for all.
  • Matthew 15:21–28. When Jesus announces that the Canaanite woman is not worthy to share in the “food of the children,” she responds that even dogs get to eat scraps under the table. Jesus is converted by her faith, and he grants her request for healing.

Of Note:

  • The next opportunity for Individual Reconciliation is August 26, 2017 (2nd and 4th Saturdays) 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Curious about SoulLife?
    • We will meet on seven Wednesday evenings between August 30, 2017 and December 13, 2017 and for a retreat weekend September 22-24, 2017.
    • We will use part of Roberet Sardello’s book Silence, The Mystery of Wholeness.
    • Contact Linda Thieneman 245- 9733, for more information or to sign up.
  • Gluten-free hosts (.001% wheat, approved by the American bishops) are available for those who cannot tolerate gluten. Please see Fr. Randy or Linda Thieneman to get details for regular use. Also, please note that the presider’s chalice is always used for the co-mingling rite with the bread and left on the altar, so that all chalices used for distribution of communion are also gluten-free.