Lectionary Summaries Provided by Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

(16 August 2020)


Isaiah 56:1, 6–8
Romans 11:1–2a, 13–15, 28–32
Matthew 15:21–28


The Church Lives Under the Cross of Christ and Prays in the Hope of His Mercy


By her persistent prayer that Jesus would have mercy and help her (Matt. 15:22, 24), and even in the face of His initial silence and apparent rejection (Matt. 15:23–26), the Canaanite woman boldly confessed her faith in Him (Matt. 15:27–28). Her beautiful example encourages us to cling to the words and promises of the Gospel, even in the face of the Law that accuses and condemns us. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Rom. 11:29), and His Law “has consigned all to disobedience” for the very purpose “that he may have mercy on all” (Rom. 11:32). Hence, the woman’s faith and hope were not disappointed, but her prayers were answered in the mercy of Christ. Not only does He grant us the crumbs from His table, but He also feeds us with “the children’s bread” in the house of His Father (Matt. 15:26–27). He has brought us to His “holy mountain,” and He makes us joyful in His house, where He hears our prayers and accepts our sacrifice of praise upon the altar of His cross (Is. 56:7).




Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost - 16 August 2020


Old Testament:


Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
    Thus says the Lord:"Keep justice, and do righteousness,
    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,
    everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
        and holds fast my covenant—
    [7] 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."
    [8] The Lord God,
        who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
    "I will gather yet others to him
        besides those already gathered."


Psalm 67:1-7
    To the choirmaster: with Stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

    May God be gracious to us and bless us
        and make his face to shine upon us,  Selah
    [2] that your way may be known on earth,
        your saving power among all nations.
    [3] Let the peoples praise you, O God;
        let all the peoples praise you!
    [4] Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
        for you judge the peoples with equity
        and guide the nations upon earth.  Selah
    [5] Let the peoples praise you, O God;
        let all the peoples praise you!
    [6] The earth has yielded its increase;
        God, our God, shall bless us.
    [7] God shall bless us;
        let all the ends of the earth fear him!




Romans 11:1-2a,13-15,28-32
    I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means!  [2] God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?

    Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry [14] in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. [15] For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?

    As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. [29] For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. [30] Just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, [31] so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. [32] For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.




Matthew 15:21-28
    And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. [22] And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon." [23] But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying out after us." [24] He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." [25] But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." [26] And he answered, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." [27] She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." [28] Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.