Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Year A

First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7

Thus says the LORD:  Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.  And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the sabbath, and do not profane it, and hold fast my covenant-- these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.


1.  What can we do to “maintain justice?”


Psalm 67 Page 675, BCP

Deus misereatur



    May God be merciful to us and bless us, *

    show us the light of his countenance and come to us.



    Let your ways be known upon earth, *

    your saving health among all nations.



    Let the peoples praise you, O God; *

    let all the peoples praise you.



    Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, *

    for you judge the peoples with equity

    and guide all the nations upon earth.



    Let the peoples praise you, O God; *

    let all the peoples praise you.



    The earth has brought forth her increase; *

    may God, our own God, give us his blessing.



    May God give us his blessing, *

    and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.


1.  How often do you recognize God’s blessings in your life?






Epistle Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32

Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead!  For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.


1.   How have we been freed from our imprisonment in disobedience?




The Gospel:  Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus left Gennesaret and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon." But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, "Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." He answered, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly.


1.  How do we explain the inconsistency between Jesus’ words and actions in this passage (declaring his mission to the Jews yet healing this woman’s daughter)?





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