Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A - Sun, 20 August 2017
Readings: Is 56:1, 6-7; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28
Haere mai e te whanau, tena koutou katoa, a kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Welcome family, greetings to you all, may the Lord be with you.
In today’s Gospel, Matthew tells the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Syrophoenician woman, possibly Syrian by birth. As a foreigner, a Gentile, and a woman of her time, she is bold in entering into conflict with Jesus. She challenges an exclusive attitude to Jesus. She crosses boundaries for the sake of her loved and sick daughter. In speaking to a Jewish man in public, she reveals that a Gentile and a woman is well able to express faith in Jesus that leads to healing and freedom. This woman mirrors every person who feels out of place or suffers prejudice. She mirrors our desperation and neediness, begging for Jesus’ intervention in our lives.
This week, phone or visit a parent who has a sick child, visit or phone someone who is house-bound, or advocate for the rights of those who are marginalised or oppressed.
Anne Powell, Cenacle Sisters