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August 17, 2008, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Woman, you have great faith! Your wish will come to pass.”

READINGS:
1. Is 56: 1, 6-7
2. Rom 11: 13-14, 29-32
3. Gospel: Mt 15: 21-28

REFLECTION: This Sunday’s Gospel is about the faith of the Canaanite woman. She persuaded Jesus to heal her daughter. The warning hidden in this reading is stated so gently that it could be missed. Basically it is this:
You who consider yourselves “in,”
You who are “chosen,” don’t take your
status for granted. For the Lord also
welcomes “outsiders,” His blessings are intended
for all.
The woman had great need and great faith. It is clear that she believed in herself. We know that individuals can believe in themselves but so can families.

PRAYER: Lord, you taught the simple truth, “Ask, and you shall receive.” Fill us with trust and confidence that we might ask for what we need. Make our hearts open and humble to receive your answer. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

ACTION: Think about what strengths you have as an individual and as a family. What or who do you ask the Lord to heal in your family?

FAMILY DISCUSSION

*Monday*:
At the table tonight ask the family to express one good thing and one weak thing about your family communications.

*Tuesday*:
Listen to the responses given today when a family member makes a request or asks for help or a favor.

*Wednesday*:
Pray today for the sick and ask the Lord to grant those favors for which loved ones pray.

*Thursday*:
During the month of August we celebrate the Queenship of Mary. Pray with the family the fifth Glorious mystery of the Rosary, The Coronation of Our Blessed Mother.

*Friday*:
At supper tonight pray for those who are struggling with self-confidence, especially teenagers.

*Saturday*:
Read and reflect on next Sunday’s readings
First Reading: Is 22: 19-23
Second Reading: Rom 11: 33-36
Gospel: Mt 16: 13-20

PRAYER: Loving Father, we come before you in trust and confidence and place our family life under your protection and guidance. Teach us how to grow stronger and how to use our family strength to help make the world a happier place. Amen.


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