Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
These readings show beautifully the way in which God’s universal plan for salvation has evolved in human understanding. The first reading is from Isaiah, an admonishment to the Israelites that being the Chosen People is not enough. God’s people are the people who follow His commands. This was not a common or popular way of thinking. The second reading illustrates that the early Christians struggled with the same concern, particularly with including Gentiles in Jewish ritual. The Gospel shows Jesus’ interaction with a Canaanite woman. Jesus is both the promised Messiah for the Israelites AND the Saviour of the World. Jesus is offering us eternal life in and through our Church, but He didn’t come only for us. The beggar we ignore on the street, the irritating co-worker, the enraging politician, the pedophile prisoner, our worst enemy: all of these were created for life. If your salvation plan depends on the exclusion of someone else, you’re not as close to Jesus as you need to be.
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