Sunday, August 20, 2023
The readings for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A highlight that God wills all of the world to be saved. In the first reading (Isaiah 56:1, 6-7) the Israelites learn that foreigners who follow the decrees of the Lord also worship God. The psalm (Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8) cries “O God, let all the nations praise you! ” In the second reading (Romans 11:13-15, 29-32) Paul speaks of his ministry to the Gentiles. And in the gospel (Matthew 15:21-28) Jesus heals the daughter of the Canaanite woman.
So here we can talk about being inclusive and wanting all people to be joined in the Kingdom of God. Here are some ideas: