Leonard Goffine's The Church's Year. Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost. At the Introit of the Mass the justice and mercy of God are praised:. Blessed are the undefiled in the way; who walk in the law of the Lord. Glory etc. Brethren, I, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called. With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity, careful to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. One body and one spirit, as you are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
Living Faith in the Everyday
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Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The Liturgical Calendar. Liturgical Calendar. About the Common Lectionary. Calendar of the Church Year. Liturgical Colors.
Tired of the crowds and the Pharisees with their cunning attacks, our Lord left the Jews and went into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. Humanly speaking, he was quite simply fed up with the ruses of the Jews, especially the Pharisees. But divinely speaking, he went to the land of Tyre and Sidon to reveal the Universal Kingdom of God to the pagans who lived there. These two towns which still exist today were not Jewish in origin, but Syro-Phenician and Greek.
We, like the disciples, often long for more faith. This seems a rather noble desire until we come clean about why we often wish for this: we actually long for control. Perhaps, we think, if we had more faith we could control more of our chaotic existence. Perhaps we could control sickness and health, good fortune and bad, the weather! Perhaps God would even grant us a new and greater status in the divine pecking order!