Vol: 44, No.45 20TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) August 20 2017  
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. (Ps 83:10-11)

The faith of the Canaanite woman who approached Jesus and besought his intervention on behalf of her daughter is legendary. She persisted with her request against all odds. The disciples considered her to be a nuisance and wanted her to leave the place and Jesus also seems to be distancing himself from her saying that he is not expected to minister outside his own community. But the woman’s persistence and great faith in Jesus got her daughter healed instantly. Jesus by and large limited his ministry within the confines of the Jewish nation. But exceptions are always possible as in the case of this woman of Canaan. The woman’s faith and her endearing ways would not take “no” for an answer. Jesus’ kindness to this woman is a foresight into the wider mission inaugurated among the Gentiles by the apostles after the resurrection of Jesus. Am I convinced of my mission as an apostle of Christ? What am I doing to spread the message of Christ far and wide? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/.....
Glory to God in the highest...

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. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(In the post-exilic period the Temple becomes a “house of prayer”. What makes the Temple a “house of prayer for all peoples” is the fact that access to the Temple is open to members of other races).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (56:1, 6-7)
Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
The foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath, and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant – these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (66)
Response: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
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