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Sunday 20 August
The Tenth Sunday after Trinity/The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost/The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Common Worship Lectionary
|Genesis 45.1–15||Joseph is reconciled to his brothers|
|Psalm 133||How good it is when kindred live together in unity!|
|Romans 11.1–2a, 29–32||God has given the Law so he can be merciful to all|
|Matthew 15.[10–20] 21–28||The Canaanite woman’s son is healed|
Human beings seem always to be putting limits of some kind on our sense of God’s love for creation. Paul reminds us that in the light of Christ we can hold on to a conviction of the role of Christ for everyone. This is a lord and master who serves all, and who seeks to rescue us from our brokenness. The Canaanite woman serves as a test case for Jesus’ ministry of rescue to all. She perseveres and her need is met. Do we need to persevere more doggedly in our faith in God and not be discouraged?