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20A Ordinary Time – Blogs

20A Ordinary Time – Blogs

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The Gospel message is for everyone

EXCERPT — In today’s Gospel, we hear the story of the Canaanite mother who seeks healing for her daughter. Jesus initially ignores her request, but through her creative persistence, she convinces him to perform a healing. Jesus’ initial disregard for the mother’s request is troubling. There are multiple reading strategies to help understand this narrative.


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What labels convey

EXCERPT In our world, people come to us with labels: labels of race, income, religion, and culture. But we would be amiss if we were to confuse the labels from the real people that we encounter. In fact, as followers of Christ, we are called to be very wary about what labels convey because they are often at odds with the real people we meet. Jesus deals with labels in today’s Gospel. He is in pagan territory and a Canaanite woman comes up to him. She is a Gentile, a non-Jew. In the culture of Jesus’ day, there was a prejudice against Gentiles, that they were unable to have a genuine relationship with God.


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Was Jesus being harsh to the woman?

EXCERPTSince Jesus’ primary ministry was to the House of Israel, he slips into one of the idioms of the day – really a negative stereotype – to point out that fact to the woman. “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” Today we might think that is terribly harsh; but we forget our own use of stereotypes or clichés that sound harsh to other cultures. For example: Catholics are often called “mackerel snappers”; northerners were called “damn Yankees” or “carpetbaggers” by those in the deep South; Jewish merchants were stereotyped as greedy (e.g., Shakespeare’s character “Shylock”); and the list goes on. Some name-calling was very rude; at other times it was simply cultural banter. The culture that Jesus lived in was no exception.

MASS HOMILIESDeacon Joseph Pasquella (Confraternity of Penitents)

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All equal, each unique

EXCERPT — The Canaanite woman embodies the constant and universal quality that every human heart—Jew or Gentile, woman or man, slave or free—possesses. It was her and our own willingness to call out in faith. This power, slumbering in us all from the moment of our beginnings in our mothers’ wombs, whether ever actualized or not, is what each of us uniquely possesses and yet has in common with all the rest of us. From the time of Sarah and Abraham to Mary’s yes and Joseph’s word of trust, from Romans to rabbis, Africans to Indians, it is the endowment of our personhood that unites us all in our humanity. It is also what makes everyone of us singularly strategic in playing our particular life drama.

SUNDAY WEB SITEFather John Kavanaugh, SJ

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Pulling down walls of separation

LIFE MESSAGE — Very often we set up walls which separate us from God and from one another. Today’s Gospel reminds us that God’s love and mercy are extended to all who call on him in Faith and trust, no matter who they are. In other words, God’s care extends beyond the boundaries of race and nation to the hearts of all who live, and God’s House is intended to become a House of prayer for all peoples. It is therefore fitting that we should pray that the walls which our pride, intolerance, fear, and prejudice have raised, may crumble. Next, we have to be grateful to God for all the blessings we enjoy. As baptized members of the Christian community, we have been given special privileges and easy access to God’s love. But we also have serious responsibilities arising from these gifts. One of these responsibilities is to make clear to others, with true humility and compassion, that God’s love, mercy and healing are for them also because they too are the children of God.

FR. TONY’S HOMILIES offer an introduction to the Sunday readings, scripture lessons, homily starter anecdotes, a summary of each of the scripture readings, and Gospel exegesis. Fr. Tony’s Life Messages have be used with permission.

20A Ordinary Time – Blogs

20A Ordinary Time – Blogs

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