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August 16, 2020 • 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Opening Song

Lord, every nation on earth will adore you, O God.
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.

Greeting

Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
(The response is: Blessed be God forever.)

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family
to listen to God's Word and let it inspire us.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Litany in Praise of God's Mercy

Leader: As we prepare to hear a story from our faith,
let us remember that God uses us and our gifts to make the world a better place.
Lord Jesus, you know that we are not perfect like you and don't always act out of love:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you help us to grow closer to you and to each other:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you guide us as to become better followers, walking in your footsteps:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: God of Love,
you have created us to live in love
and given us graces we can never earn.
May we be grateful, not taking our gifts for granted,
willing to share what we have,
especially with those who have less than we do.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: In today’s reading, we hear about a time when Jesus was asked for help. We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of Matthew.

Reader 1: Jesus left and went to the territory near the cities of Tyre and Sidon.
Suddenly a Canaanite woman from there came out shouting,
“Lord and Son of David, have pity on me! My daughter is full of demons.”
Jesus did not say a word.
But the woman kept following along and shouting,
so his disciples came up and asked him to send her away.
Jesus said, “I was sent only to the people of Israel!
They are like a flock of lost sheep.”
The woman came closer. Then she knelt down and begged, “Please help me, Lord!” Jesus replied, “It isn’t right to take food away from children and feed it to dogs.” “Lord, that’s true,” the woman said,
“but even dogs get the crumbs that fall from their owner’s table.”
Jesus answered, “Dear woman, you really do have a lot of faith,
and you will be given what you want.”
At that moment her daughter was healed.

Reader 1: At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!
My daughter is tormented by a demon.”
But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her.
Jesus’ disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.”
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflections on the Readings

  1. In this passage, Jesus is in an area where a lot of the people weren’t Jewish, including this Canaanite woman. Even though she isn’t the same religion as Jesus and his followers, she calls him “Lord, Son of David,” which means she believes he is the Messiah. It took a lot of courage for her to say in public that she believed that someone from another religion had the power to cure her daughter. Her family, friends, or townspeople could have gotten upset with her for believing in Jesus, but she spoke up anyway. When have you spoken up to say something you believed, even though you knew others might not agree or might even get angry with you?
  2. Up until this point, Jesus believes his main job is to focus on and help his own Jewish people, not the Canaanites, or others who aren’t Jewish. But the woman is so persistent she helps him to realize something really important—that he was sent to help everyone, not just people of his own religion. Give an example of someone who generously helps people even if they aren’t of the same religion or nationality, or like themselves in other ways.
  3. Jesus learned something from the Canaanite woman—she had greater faith than some of his own Jewish people who didn’t believe he was the Son of God. She loved her daughter so much she was willing to risk being laughed at or told to go away to get her healed. When Jesus saw that love and faith in the Canaanite woman, he couldn’t say no to helping her. Who do you know that is very persistent in asking for or demanding the help that they need for a loved one?

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: For all students, teachers, and others who work in education
as the school year begins,
that they may remain safe and be able to learn wll this year,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all of those who are struggling during this pandemic time,
with health, finances, loneliness, or other challenges,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: That we may have courage
to do what is right and what is most loving
during this challenging time,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Song

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