August 14, 2011
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
FIRST READING: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
1The LORD said: Be honest and fair!
Soon I will come to save you;
my saving power will be seen everywhere on earth.
6Foreigners will follow me. They will love me
and worship in my name;
they will respect the Sabbath and keep our agreement.
7I will bring them to my holy mountain,
where they will celebrate in my house of worship.
Their sacrifices and offerings will always be welcome
on my altar.
Then my house will be known as a house of worship
for all nations.
8I, the LORD, promise to bring together my people
who were taken away, and let them join the others.
PSALMODY: Psalm 67
1Our God, be kind and bless us! Be pleased and smile.
2Then everyone on earth will learn to follow you,
and all nations will see your power to save us.
3Make everyone praise you and shout your praises.
4Let the nations celebrate with joyful songs,
because you judge fairly and guide all nations.
5Make everyone praise you and shout your praises.
6Our God has blessed the earth with a wonderful harvest!
7Pray for his blessings to continue
and for everyone on earth to worship our God.
SECOND READING: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
1Am I saying that God has turned his back on his people? Certainly not! I am one of the people of Israel, and I myself am a descendant of Abraham from the tribe of Benjamin. 2God did not turn his back on his chosen people.
29God doesn’t take back the gifts he has given or forget about the people he has chosen.
30At one time you Gentiles rejected God. But now Israel has rejected God, and you have been shown mercy. 31And because of the mercy shown to you, they will also be shown mercy. 32All people have disobeyed God, and that’s why he treats them as prisoners. But he does this, so that he can have mercy on all of them.
GOSPEL: Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28
[10Jesus called the crowd together and said, “Pay attention and try to understand what I mean. 11The food that you put into your mouth doesn’t make you unclean and unfit to worship God. The bad words that come out of your mouth are what make you unclean.”
12Then his disciples came over to him and asked, “Do you know that you insulted the Pharisees by what you said?”
13Jesus answered, “Every plant that my Father in heaven did not plant will be pulled up by the roots. 14Stay away from those Pharisees! They are like blind people leading other blind people, and all of them will fall into a ditch.”
15Peter replied, “What did you mean when you talked about the things that make people unclean?”
16Jesus then said:
Don’t any of you know what I am talking about by now? 17Don’t you know that the food you put into your mouth goes into your stomach and then out of your body? 18But the words that come out of your mouth come from your heart. And they are what make you unfit to worship God. 19Out of your heart come evil thoughts, murder, unfaithfulness in marriage, vulgar deeds, stealing, telling lies, and insulting others. 20These are what make you unclean. Eating without washing your hands will not make you unfit to worship God.]
21Jesus left and went to the territory near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. 22Suddenly a Canaanite woman from there came out shouting, “Lord and Son of David , have pity on me! My daughter is full of demons.” 23Jesus did not say a word. But the woman kept following along and shouting, so his disciples came up and asked him to send her away.
24Jesus said, “I was sent only to the people of Israel! They are like a flock of lost sheep.”
25The woman came closer. Then she knelt down and begged, “Please help me, Lord!”
26Jesus replied, “It isn’t right to take food away from children and feed it to dogs.”
27“Lord, that’s true,” the woman said, “but even dogs get the crumbs that fall from their owner’s table.”
28Jesus answered, “Dear woman, you really do have a lot of faith, and you will be given what you want.” At that moment her daughter was healed.