20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 14 Aug 2017
An painting if Jesus and the canaanite woman with his disciples.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

Let all the peoples praise you

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 attain your promises

which surpass every human desire.

Have a care for justice, act with integrity, for soon my salvation will come and my integrity be manifest. First Reading

God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice. Second Reading

O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us. Psalm

This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further:

Isaiah 56: 1, 6–7; Psalm 66; Romans 11:13–15, 29–32;

Matthew 15: 21–28

The readings this week highlight that the gift of faith in God is for everyone. God’s blessings are not confined to one group or nation. We are all called to share in the love and mercy of God.

The First Reading speaks of the foreigners who will receive the same joy and acceptance as God gave to his chosen people, the Jews. St Paul (Second Reading) in writing to the Romans takes this one step further. He hopes that the gifts God has given to the Romans will encourage his own people, the Jews, to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour, because God’s mercy is for everyone.

The Gospel speaks of Jesus’s encounter with a woman he would not have expected to speak to him. She comes to him pleading great need. Jesus’s initial response may surprise us, but he is won over by her persistent faith and grants her request.

We pray with the Psalm, asking that God will be gracious and bless us, guiding all the nations on earth, so that God’s ways may be known and all people receive his saving help. “May God still give us his blessing, till the ends of the earth revere Him.”