Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 20th August 2017

Let the peoples praise you, O God; Let all the peoples praise you.

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.”

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