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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 16 August 2020

Note: Homilies & Angelus / Regina Caeli of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I had been compiled for you after the Mass Readings below. Happy Reading!

Liturgical Colour: Green

 

Mass Readings from USCCB, ETWN.

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1st Reading: Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7;

Responsorial: Psalm 67: 2-3, 5, 6, 8;

2nd Reading: Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32;

Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:21-26, CCTNtv, Gospel Video.

 

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Others:

Matthew Chapter 15 (video)

Demonic - Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

The Demonic Today – Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

The Devil - Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

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Homilies, Angelus / Regina Caeli

 

A. Pope Saint John Paul II    

 

Angelus, 11 August 2002

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B. Pope Benedict XVI 

 

Angelus, 14 August 2005

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Angelus, 17 August 2008

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Angelus, 14 August 2011

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C. Pope Francis I

 

Homily, 17 August 2014

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Angelus, 20 August 2017

Today’s Gospel (Mathew 15:21-28) presents us a unique example of faith in Jesus’ encounter with a Canaanite woman, a foreigner to the Jews. The scene unfolds as he is walking toward the cities of Tyre and Sidon, northwest of Galilee: it is here that the woman begs Jesus to heal her daughter, who — the Gospel says — “is severely possessed by a demon” (v. 22). The Lord, at first, seems not to hear this cry of pain, such that it causes the intervention of the disciples who intercede for her. Jesus’ seeming indifference does not discourage this mother, who persists in her invocation.

 

This woman’s inner strength, which enables her to overcome every obstacle, is to be found in her maternal love and in her  faith that Jesus can grant her request. This makes me think of the strength of women. With their strength they are able to obtain great things. We have known many [such women]! We could say that it is love that stirs faith, and faith, for its part, becomes love’s reward. Heartrending love for her daughter causes the woman to cry: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David” (v. 22). And her untiring faith in Jesus allows her not to become discouraged even in the face of his initial rejection; thus the woman “knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me’” (v. 25).

 

In the end, before such persistence, Jesus was in awe, nearly astonished, by the faith of a pagan woman. Therefore he acquiesces, saying: “‘O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed instantly” (v. 28). Jesus points to this humble woman as a model of unwavering faith. Her persistence in beseeching Christ’s intervention is incentive for us not to become discouraged, not to despair when we are burdened by life’s difficult trials. The Lord does not turn away in the face of our needs and, if at times he seems insensitive to our requests for help, it is in order to put to the test and to strengthen our faith. We must continue to cry out like this woman: “Lord, help me! Lord, help me!”. In this way, with perseverance and courage. This is the courage needed in prayer.

 

This Gospel episode helps us to understand that we all need to grow in faith and fortify our trust in Jesus. He can help us to find our way, when we have lost the compass of our journey; when the road no longer seems flat but rough and arduous; when it is hard to be faithful to our commitments. It is important to nourish our faith every day, by carefully listening to the Word of God, with the celebration of the Sacraments, with personal prayer as a “cry” to him — “Lord, help me!” — and with concrete acts of charity toward our neighbour.

 

Let us entrust ourselves to the Holy Spirit, so that he may help us to persevere in faith. The Spirit instills courage in the heart of believers; he gives our life and our Christian witness the power of conviction and persuasion; he helps us to overcome skepticism toward God and indifference toward our brothers and sisters.

 

May the Virgin Mary render us ever more aware of our need of the Lord and of his Spirit; may she obtain for us a strong faith, full of love, and a love capable of making itself a supplication, a courageous supplication to God.

Pope Francis I (Angelus, 20 August 2017)

 

 

Go to:

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity), 15 August 2020

 

Homilies 2020

 

Angelus / Regina Caeli 2020

 

Audiences 2020

 

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Compiled on 10 August 2020 (Public Holiday), 14:39 SGT

 

 

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