August 20, 2023 Gospel Message

The “Gospel Message of the Week” is part of the Saint Andrew School and Religious Education Program curriculum. It is designed to encourage families to share and embrace the Gospel message. Families may discuss how this pertains to them personally, its impact on their relationship with God and their interactions with others. Discuss what you are going to do as a family to put this Gospel message into practice.

Please read the upcoming Sunday Gospel Reading and review the questions before attending Mass on the weekend. After attending Mass, please engage your family in a discussion and answer the following questions:

What is the message of this Gospel Reading?

What was the message of the homily regarding this Gospel?

How does this pertain to my life and how can I live this message?

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel                                                                  Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,
“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!
My daughter is tormented by a demon.”
But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her.
Jesus’ disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”
He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”
She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.”
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.