Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 16, 2020
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
The author of Isaiah 56 addressed the prejudice returning Jews had against the local populace that were not forced into exile by the Babylonians. These locals were accused with idolatry and marrying pagans. In the eyes of the faithful returnees, these people weren't good enough to rebuild the city and the Temple. Not good enough for God? God had other ideas.
1 Thus says YHWH, Keep justice, and do righteousness; for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
6 Also the foreigners who join themselves to YHWH, to minister to him, and to love the name of Yahweh, to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant; 7 even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
67 took the blessing found in Numbers 6:24-26 and applied it to all peoples, not just the Israelites. The Lord was God of all. He blesses all, so all should praise him.
For the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm. A song.
1 May God be merciful to us, bless us,
and cause his face to shine on us.
2 That your way may be known on earth,
and your salvation among all nations,
3 let the peoples praise you, God.
Let all the peoples praise you.
4 Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you will judge the peoples with equity,
and govern the nations on earth.
5 Let the peoples praise you, God.
Let all the peoples praise you.
6 The earth has yielded its increase.
God, even our own God, will bless us.
7 God will bless us.
All the ends of the earth shall fear him.
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul reminded his audience that just because God blessed some people, his Chosen people, that did not mean that the blessed could treat others with disdain. God loves all. He blesses some, in order to bring blessing to all.
11 Let me talk to you Gentiles. Since Jesus sent me to serve the Gentiles, I show off my ministry to you, 14 so I might make some of my people jealous and save some of them. 14 They rejected Gods message about Jesus, but everyone else is accepting it. If this is the result, what will happen when they accept the message? Wont it mean life from the dead?
29 God will not take back his call and his gifts to you. 30 You disobeyed God at one time. Now God showed you mercy because these Israelites disobeyed him. 31 Soon, he will show them mercy because he showed you mercy. 32 God lumped all the disobedient people together, so he might show them all mercy.
11 I speak to you, to the Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my service, 14 if perhaps I can make (someone of) my flesh jealous and I can save some of them. 15 For if their rejection (is) the reconciliation of the world, what (will) their acceptance be but life from the dead?
29 For the (grace-filled) gifts and call of God are irrevocable. 30 Just as you disobeyed God then, but now were shown mercy from the disobedience of these (Israelites), 31 and so these (people) now disobey so that by your mercy they might be shown mercy. 32 For God enclosed all together to disobedience, so that he might show all mercy.
In Matthew's , Jesus announced that he had come to serve the "lost sheep of Israel." That statement did not stop a Gentile woman from placing trust in the Lord and receiving a healing for her demon-possessed daughter. This narrative reminds us that the differences we have are to be overcome by faith in Jesus.
21 After he left Galilee, Jesus traveled to the area near the towns of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Approaching Jesus, a woman from this area cried out, "Lord! Son of David! Help me! A demon has infected my daughter!" 23 But Jesus did not answer her, not a single word.
Just then, his followers came up to Jesus and kept complaining, "Get rid of her. She shouts at us no matter where we go."
24 Turning to the woman, Jesus said, "I was only sent for the lost sheep, the people of Israel."
25 The woman who came all this way fell at the feet of Jesus and begged him, "Lord, help me!"
26 "It's not good to take food from children so you can feed dogs," Jesus said.
27 "Yes, Lord," the woman answered, "but even dogs get to eat the leftovers that fall from their owner's table."
28 "You trust me a lot," Jesus reassured the woman. "Your desire will come true." At that moment, her daughter got better.
21 Having gone out from there, JESUS left for the area of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Look! A Canaanite woman from that region, having come out (to meet JESUS), shouted, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely possessed (by a demon)." 23 HE did not answer her a word. Having approached, his disciples asked HIM, saying, "Dismiss her, because she is screaming after us." 24 Having answered, HE said, "I was not sent (to everyone), except the sheep of the house of Israel, having lost (their way)." 25 But, the (woman), having approached, was worshiping HIM (in a prostrate position), saying, "Lord, help me!" 26 Having answered, (HE) said, "It is not good to take the bread of children and throw it to the dogs." 27 (She) said, "Yes, Lord, (yet) for even dogs eat from the small crumbs falling from their masters' tables!" 28 Having answered, then, JESUS said to her, "Woman, your trust (in ME) is great. Let it happen for you as you wish." Her daughter was cured at that hour.