Sermon Notes: Ordinary 20, Year A

I have decided to change my preaching for a little while, to draw closer to what works so well midweek and is so much more Spirit-led. I am planning to stop writing Sermons (stop cheering at the back) and preach more openly and for a distinctly shorter time. I suppose my model and inspiration is Frs North, Barnes and Bell; it just needs prayer, confidence and preparation. So, just so that you don’t assume I just make it up on the spot, here are my notes for this Sunday.

Matthew 15:21-28

21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just 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.” 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

  • Three nuns were travelling on their rounds, visiting the elderly when their car ran out of petrol. They walked a mile to the nearest petrol station. “Can you help us?” they asked the owner. “Unfortunately,” he replied, “I don’t have any petrol cans left. But if you can find any old container, we can put some in that. The Sisters remembered that they had in the car a bedpan which they were taking to an old lady. So they went back for the pan and filled it with petrol and the nuns very carefully began the long walk back to their car.

    Just as they reached their car and began pouring the petrol into the tank, a truck driver pulled over to see if he could help. Upon seeing what was happening, he yelled out the window, “Sisters, I wish I had your faith!”

  • Not having enough faith
  • God doing marvellous things in my life, and kicking myself when he pulls it off
  • Inevitable guilt when I realise I don’t have enough faith
  • Faith is needed here more than ever
    • In our building project
    • In our ministry to the young AT Fridays and Sundays
    • In our discipleship (especially Confirmation)
    • In our growth as Christians and as a Church
       More interested in Spiritual Growth than filled seats
  • Christ always has time for us, to respond to our cries, to hear our prayers
  • He will not turn us away, no matter what our background
  • The greatest conceit is that we are beyond God’s love – “I’m not good enough to come to Mass”
  • God’s love reaches out to all of us, touches all of us and heals all of us