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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
August 16, 2020
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ

Food for Dogs?

The Canaanite woman cries out for help and Jesus, at first, will not even talk to her. The disciples demand that he send her away..

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser, OMI

The Tyranny of Program

Is a false use of authority still blocking the full compassion of the gospel and giving God a bad name?

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

What matters

If Jesus was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel, why not just send this Gentile woman away, as the disciples wanted him to do?

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Gillick, SJ


The Gospel can make Jesus and his disciples look quite guilty of prejudice and selective charity.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Beyond the Boundaries

We should pray that the walls crumble, those which prejudice raises between us.

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Taking Risks

Is God’s house open to just a few people or all people? Did the chosen folks have to wrestle with that idea?

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A Poem to
Sit With

J Janda

Jesus Speaks

all I ask is that you talk to me

tell me why you are sad

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