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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 The Collect for the Mass is especially beautiful for this Sunday:

"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."

The Gospel is Matthew 15: 21-28 and is that of the Canaanite woman who came to the Lord because her daughter was tormented by a demon. She kept calling out, "Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!" Jesus did not say anything until his disciples asked him to send her away. Then Jesus said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But the woman came and asked Jesus to help her - she had great faith and humility and so the Lord healed her daughter. 

Perhaps we need more faith and humility to overcome the virus which is causing so much suffering, so many deaths.

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