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Sunday, August 20, 2023

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20th Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Matthew 15:21-28

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is your catholic church catholic?

“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”—Isaiah 56:7

Is your church filled with members who are young and old, black and white, male and female, poor and rich, U.S. citizens and internationals? Many Catholic churches in the USA are filled with old, white, upper-middle class, American women. We thank God for these women. They are the precious remnant who are helping the church survive.

Nevertheless, where are the men and the young? We need these members of the body of Christ (see 1 Cor 12:21ff). We American Catholics formerly were the church of the poor, but now the poor might not feel welcome in most of our gatherings. We white folks desperately need our black brothers and sisters to teach us how to worship and pray. Moreover, if our traditionally immigrant American Catholic Church doesn’t embrace and evangelize the new immigrants from Vietnam, Korea, China, Mexico, Central America, Africa, and predominantly Muslim countries, are we truly catholic, that is, universal?

What can we do to be truly catholic? Break new ground. Invite Black, Asian, or Hispanic people over for supper. Sponsor a foreign student. Make your house a place where young people find Jesus. Live a more austere life in solidarity with the poor. Challenge a man to follow Jesus. Be Catholic in the true sense of the word.

Prayer:  Father, may I help make my church representative of the Body of Christ.

Promise:  “Woman, you have great faith! Your wish will come to pass.” —Mt 15:28

Praise:  Praise the risen Jesus, the only Way to the Father! (Jn 14:6) Praise the risen Jesus, Who baptizes us in the Spirit! (Mk 1:8)

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Church in America, listen to, download or order our CD 115-1 or DVD 115 on our website.)

Rescript:  In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat for One Bread, One Body covering the period August 1, 2023 through September 30, 2023. Reverend Steve J. Angi, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio January 4, 2023

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