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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Heavenly Father, Great and Gracious God without compare, you are really worthy of our best words and best thoughts and best dreams. We are not only worship and submit to you, but we rejoice that you are who you are, we celebrate what you have done to us, and we long for what you are yet to do. You are magnificent, our Father and our God. Through Infant Jesus, and because of his unrivaled love, we praise you. Amen.
  WORD OF THE DAY ...
1 Chronicles 29:11: Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.
  Today's Readings ... (August 14, 2011)
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 56:1,6-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8
Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15,29-32
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 15:21-28)
A Gentile woman, who was not a member of the Jewish people, puts Christ on the spot with pleading for Jesus help. She talks to Jesus as Lord and Son of David. She spoke him that Jesus was God's anointed one who would bring healing and deliverance, not just to the people of Israel, but to the Gentiles as well. When gentile lady persisted in asking Jesus to heal her daughter, Jesus replied by saying one shouldn't take food set for their children and give it to the dogs. What did Jesus mean by this phrase? The Jews frequently spoke of the Gentiles as "unclean dogs" because they worshipped idols, offered gives up to demons, and discarded the true God. For the Greeks the "dog" was a sign of disgrace and was used to explain a shameless and audacious woman. Matthew gospel records the phrase: do not give dogs what is sacred. Jesus was sent from the Father in heaven to first nourish the children of Israel with the factual bread of life that would carry healing, settlement, and lasting union with God. This modest Canaanite woman was not put-off by Jesus' negative response to give her what she asked for. In extreme anxiety and hope for her besieged child, she begged with Jesus to give some of the "crumbs that drop from the table" to the "little dogs".
Yesterday:

Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Tomorrow:

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary




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