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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 20, 2017

A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL PEOPLES

Isaiah tells us:  Thus says the LORD: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

My salvation is about to come and my justice is about to be revealed.  For my house will be a house for everyone.

Let me ask you:  how do we bring about peace?  How do we live in harmony?  How do we practice the kind of justice Cornel West describes as what “love looks like in public”?

The prophetic tradition of the Jews tells us that the quality of your faith will be judged by the quality of justice in the land; and the quality of justice in the land will be judged by how the weakest and most vulnerable groups in society fared while you were alive.  And in the our Christian tradition, lets be clear – the sheep and the goats are separated by how they care for the hungry, the naked, the strangers – immigrants and refugees, the and imprisoned.  Matthew 25 says This is how nations will be judged.  I dare say, this is indeed how this nation is being judged right now.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Psalm 67; Romans 11:13-15; 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28)

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