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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday Scripture Readings

August 14, 2022

Homily - 20th Sunday Ordinary Time Year C

Homily - 20th Sunday Ordinary Time Year C


What's in Your Heart

At Masses around the world every day, millions of people, in the words of the gospel, “eat and drink” with the Lord—would Jesus disown any of them, the way the master does in the gospel story? Maybe more than most folks would assume. He didn’t want followers who tagged along for a meal and a few pieces of wisdom; he wanted disciples to walk next to him on the hard road to Jerusalem and beyond. Not merely people to “do” the ritual and say that’s good enough, but those willing to embrace him, his Way, and his fate. Which one of those people will you be?


Homily Stories

Fans of country music might recall a song by Garth Brooks called “Standing Outside the Fire.” In the refrain he sings, “Standing outside the fire / Standing outside the fire / Life is not tried—it is merely survived / If you’re standing outside the fire.”

Jesus’ Incarnation shows us that he surely does not stand outside. His desire is the complete opposite of coolness and control. Benedictine monk Silas Henderson of Saint Meinrad Archabbey reminds us of this fire in traditional terms: “Love . . . requires self-sacrifice. This is why the Sacred Heart of Jesus is so often depicted as a heart on fire, burning itself out with love.” Or, as the legendary hockey coach Fred Shero said: “Success does not result [from] spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire!”



There is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for his own great sacrifice of boundless charity.
—Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Do not bind me; the one who has given me the strength to face the fire will also enable me to lie still on the pyre, with no need of your nails.
—Saint Polycarp to his executioners

When we shrink from the sight of something, when we shroud it in euphemism, that is usually a sign of inner conflict, of unsettled hearts, a sign that something has gone wrong in our moral reasoning.
—Matthew Scully