20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 13, 2020

Today we celebrate the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We are told to be persistent in our prayer and we learn the reward for such persistence. In today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah, we hear of God’s promise to bring foreigners, “Gentiles” into the fold with the all-inclusive words, “for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Remember the good old days when Churches could be left open 24 hours a day? Many a troubled soul, Catholic and otherwise, would stop in, knowing God was inside. Sadly, due to insurance mandates, that is no longer possible. In today’s responsorial psalm again we hear the cry of an all-inclusive world that recognizes God, “O God let all the nations praise You.” Then comes today’s Gospel. Jesus is in Gentile territory and encounters a woman who calls Him ‘Lord’ and ‘Son of David,’ terms one would expect from only from Jews who recognized Him as the Messiah. But Jesus ignores her. His disciples suggest that He send her packing. He doesn’t. There is a curious dialogue between the woman and Jesus. Jesus seems out of character as He speaks to the woman, almost downright rude. But perhaps He is leading her and using her as an example of persistent faith to not only His disciples, but for others in the town. Jesus is always seeking our faith in Him and today we see Him responding by rewarding her persistence.

We have now reached mid-August. Schools will be opening soon and the end of summer, Labor Day, will be fast approaching. The debate continues on how best to have children in the classroom while maintaining CDC guidelines and ensuring not only the students’ health but also veteran teachers and grandparents who might be in the vulnerable category. Please pray for them and for the tough decisions that School Superintendents are making.

As of my writing my weekly column, a few parishioners are thinking about putting their names in for our selection process for Parish Council. (Thank You! And God Bless You). Everyone’s time is precious these days, and the service our councilors give to our parish is invaluable. We will need 3 new members and 3 alternates for the Council. Please consider this me asking YOU to consider offering your time and talent for St. Luke Parish.

I am sorry that some parishioners thought we were beginning Eucharistic Adoration this month and showed up at the door ready to spend time with our Lord. We won’t be starting weekly Adoration on Wednesdays until NEXT month, September 2, and First Fridays the same, starting September 4. Stay tuned, check the bulletin, and please plan on becoming a regular adorer.

Finally today, several parishioners have asked when we will be returning to the St. Francis Chapel for daily Mass. Sadly, I have to announce that due to continuing Covid situation and our need to continue safe distancing and all the CDC guidelines, the Chapel will remain closed indefinitely. Daily Mass will continue in the main Church at 8am.

God Bless! Have a great week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)