Sunday 20 August 2023

About Today Readings

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 56:1, 6-7. O God, let all the nations praise you! – Psalm 66(67):2-3, 5-6, 8. Romans 11:13-15, 29-32. Matthew 15:21-28.

With Israel, God never takes back his gifts or revokes his choice

The Old Testament is packed with tantalising suggestions of God’s purposes for Israel, that by them he will reveal himself and his great mercy to the world. God has chosen Israel to be his portion, but he is no local partisan god like those of Egypt or Canaan. Though it is not obvious how it will occur, from the Covenant with Abraham forward it is clear that God is working to bring all people to himself through this family, people and nation. It is important however to balance this with God’s promises to Israel. While in Israel God is preparing a people for Jesus, through whom the nations will be brought into the family, the Israelites are not simply tools. Despite what many Christians have shamefully thought, God’s faithfulness means that his choice of Israel, now enduring as the Jewish people, is irrevocable.


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