FROM THE PASTOR
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 20, 2017
On this weekend of August 19/20, the Twentieth Sunday, we are again invited to reflect on God's Care but this time through healing; healing that comes to those whose faith is strong and persevering. The first reading from Isaiah (56:1-7) and Matthew's Gospel (15:21-28) all reflect the mystery of God's Healing for aliens or foreigners! We see this in the faith of the foreigners who
accompanied the chosen people back to their homeland after fifty years of exile in Babylonia.
We certainly see this in the persistent faith of the Canaanite woman who begged that her little daughter be healed!
There can be no greater gift than that of persevering faith in the face of so many obstacles. With a strong faith, we can overcome many hardships, trials and tribulations. With a strong faith, we can overcome any temptations toward unfaithfulness to the Gospel of Christ! With a strong faith, we can do all things, even those that seem impossible! May each of us cultivate a strong and persevering faith, a faith that finds its fulfillment in the Kingdom of God! May our faith make us worthy of the title, The Faithful! May the Lord God bless and increase the faith of all!
Blessings Upon All,